Porcelain Laminate Veneers to Correct Wear

Porcelain laminate veneers are thin (.5 mm to 1.5mm) layers of porcelain that are bonded onto the teeth. They are useful for changing the shape and/or color of teeth that are otherwise in good condition.

Lower incisor teeth with edges worn into dentin. (10K jpeg)

Teeth prepared to receive porcelain veneers (19K jpeg) Note theat the surface of the tooth has had a slight amount of enamel removed and appear rough. This roughness aids in the retention of the veneer. The removal of the tooth structure is usually necessary to allow thickness of the veneer without making the tooth appear fat.

The teeth are dried one at a time, etched with a weak acid and dried to improve bonding of the veneer. (13K jpeg) A thin strip of mylar plasic is placed between the teeth to keep the bonding agent from getting stuck between the teeth. The teeth on either side have already had their veneers cemented.

Veneers have been bonded to the lateral incisors (arrows). (17K jpeg)The center teeth have yet to receive their veneers.

Porcelain veneers placed on all the lower front teeth. (14K jpeg)

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