Porcelain Veneers are the procedure that Dr Holladay is known for doing the most. It is his favorite procedure and one that he has extensive training in doing. He also teaches other dentist how to prepare the teeth and place veneers. Porcelain veneers are most often applied over the front-most teeth to correct stained, cracked, chipped, or crooked teeth. Smaller, more localized problems may be treatable using dental bonding procedures.
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resins. Composite resins are applied directly to the teeth, and then shaped appropriately. Porcelain veneers are thin hard shells that must be constructed in a lab before being bonded over the teeth.
Composite veneers are typically less expensive than their porcelain counter-parts, but they have a shorter life span. Composite resin restorations last between five and seven years, whereas porcelain veneers typically last well over 15 years.
Unlike bonding procedures used for small problems, most veneers require a tooth reduction prior to placement. This means that the thickness of your teeth must be slightly reduced to provide enough room for the veneer.
Emax veneers are constructed of a hard, metal-free, and aesthetically natural material that marries form and function. Not only will your new smile be radiant, it will also last years longer than traditional restorations.
This is Dr. Holladay’s preferred ceramic system for anterior teeth, as it can be crafted to be incredibly thin, while maintaining incredible durability and surpassing porcelain’s aesthetic results.
The first step for porcelain veneers is impressions of your existing teeth. These impressions are sent to the lab for a wax-up. The wax-up shows the patient what can be accomplished. It also gives the patient a chance to change the shape or size of the veneers before they are made. This is the MOST important step and the step that most dentist skip entirely.
To begin fitting you with veneers, the enamel of the teeth may need to be slightly reduced using a buffing method. An impression of the area is taken, which will be sent to a dental laboratory to construct the veneers. You will be fitted with temporary veneers until your final restoration is completed.
Next, we will carefully check the completed veneers for proper color matching and fit.
During the final placement of the veneers, a substance will first be applied to the teeth that will strengthen the bond between the cement and the tooth. Next, the final veneers are carefully bonded to the teeth using a strong adherent. The last step is to look through the mirror at your new beautiful smile.
Composite veneers can be applied during a single office visit. After careful discussion of desired results and options for treatment, we will help you choose the correct color for your veneer.
Next, the resin will be directly applied to your teeth and carefully sculpted into the desired shape. The area is then treated to solidify the bond between the tooth and the veneer.