Transform Your Smile with Veneers
Porcelain veneers, also called dental laminates, are wafer-thin shells made out of dental ceramic that are bonded onto the front side of your teeth. They’re usually 0.5 to 0.6 mm thick – about ½ the thickness of a dime or twice the thickness of an eggshell. Veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry for improving the appearance of teeth. Think of it like you’re resurfacing a tooth when you get a veneer.
When to Consider Veneers
Veneers are routinely used to make adjustments to the shape and color of your teeth. Teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, malformed, or have a combination of these problems, can all be improved with veneers. They are a great choice for:
- Repair of minor tooth imperfections and defects
- A durable alternative to dental bonding
- Whitening a smile
- Instant Orthodontics – they give you a straight tooth appearance
- Closing minor tooth gaps
Why Do Veneers Work?
You might be wondering how such a thin shell of porcelain can withstand all the wear and tear that they’ll be exposed to in your mouth. Although porcelain is brittle and is easily fractured if dropped or flexed, it becomes incredibly strong when bonded to your tooth.
How Do Veneers Work?
Tooth enamel is the most highly mineralized body tissue – 98% mineral content vs. 70% for bone. When an acidic solution is placed on the enamel it will dissolve away some of the mineral content. After this treatment, the tooth’s smooth surface is transformed into one that’s jagged and rough on a microscopic level it becomes etched – like etched glass. After your tooth is etched Dr. Hemphill coats the tooth’s surface with a liquid bonding agent. The liquid seeps into the nooks and crannies of the tooth’s etched surface. Veneers are placed over the bonding agent establishing a strong bond between the tooth’s enamel and porcelain veneer.
Advantages of Veneers
There are three primary characteristics of veneers that make them a unique and desirable option.
- Placing veneers is a conservative procedure. Compared to placing dental crowns, much less tooth trimming is required.
- They handle light like natural teeth. They look very natural and have a life-like appearance that’s unsurpassed by any other type of dental restoration.
- Because of their ceramic surface, they offer superior stain resistance.
The Veneer Procedure
There are several steps taken when you decide to go with veneers. The process may take several dental office visits to accomplish.
What Our Patients Say
West Hill Family Dental has been serving my entire family for 10 years. They have always been great and treat us like family. I will continue to use them because of the high level of care and comfortable atmosphere.
Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.
"Going to the Dentist," isn't something most folks look forward to. Fortunately, the Team at West Hill Family Dental makes that experience an enjoyable event with a friendly, thoughtful and genuinely concerned approach to both routine care and one-off emergencies. The atmosphere is relaxed and positive; everything from scheduling to changes is accommodated with little fuss and a genuine enthusiasm to see you at the next opportunity. And the overall quality of care, execution and attention to customer needs are unmatched by most practices, and certainly by the cookie-cutter pop-ups that abound elsewhere. Highly recommended, family-oriented and very professional in every aspect of care and delivery - they're definitely on the list of recommendations to new residents and neighbors!
In the past I have had bad experiences with dentist and I have switch many times and I think I have finally found my forever home. Kim and Monica at the front desk are amazing they make sure that if you have any concerns, they will accommodate you in any way they can. They also socialize with you which makes visiting the dentist feel like visiting family. This is by far the best dentist I've ever been to and would recommend them to anyone.
Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.