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VENEERS AND ONLAYS

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Ceramic veneer is a thin layer of custom-made tooth-colored porcelain restoration that covers the front  of your teeth to improve the smile.  Porcelain veneer is the most aesthetic and durable restoration in smile enhancement. It’s the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, have irregular shape, size, length or gaps.   Due to its structure and property, ceramic veneer resists staining and discoloration and mimics the light reflection of natural teeth the best.

The process of doing ceramic veneer usually takes 2 visits in our office: one for consultation and the other to prep the teeth and deliver the restoration at the end of the visit with the aid of the CEREC CAD/CAM system.   During the consultation visit, explain to your dentist the cosmetic goal that you are trying to achieve and your dentist will evaluate your teeth and decide if ceramic veneer is the appropriate treatment ( a crown might be a better choice if you miss significant tooth structure or have large restoration ).  Impressions and clinical photographs of your teeth might be taken for a pre-op workup of your case.  On the day of the treatment appointment, your teeth will be numbed and a thin layer of enamel is removed from your teeth to accommodate the thickness of the veneer, then digital impression of your teeth is taken and the veneers are milled on site using the CEREC CAD/CAM.  After checking the shade and fit, the dentist bonds the ceramic veneers to your teeth permanently.   Ceramic veneers generally last between 10 and 15 years, up to 20 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.

An “onlay” is a form of dental restoration used to repair a decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth.  An onlay corrects damage extending to a “cusp” (the raised points on the biting surface), in contrast to an inlay, which is used to repair only that portion of the tooth between these cusps.

Generally speaking, there are two different types of dental restorations: “direct” and “indirect.” For example, a “filling” is a type of direct restoration, because the material used to repair the tooth undergoes its hardening process while in “direct” contact with the tooth, and *inside* the mouth.

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