Veneers

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.

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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

teeth before and after resurfacing with veneers


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.

  1. Placing veneers is a conservative procedure. Compared to placing dental crowns, much less tooth trimming is required.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 

Trimming the Tooth
The enamel on the front side of your tooth is trimmed back to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. If decay is present it will be removed during the trimming process.
Taking the Shade
Dr. Hemphill will use a shade guide to determine which color of porcelain most closely matches the shade of the neighboring teeth to the veneers. He may decide that different colors need to be used for different portions of the veneer. He’ll also make notes about which regions of the veneer need to be more or less translucent.
Taking the Impression
After trimming, Dr. Hemphill will take an impression of your tooth and its surrounding teeth and gums. This copy of your mouth will be used to fabricate your veneer.
The Pre-Cementation Evaluation
Your porcelain veneer has been fabricated by a dental lab (1-2 week process) and is ready to be delivered. If a temporary veneer has been placed it will be removed. Dr. Hemphill will first evaluate how your veneer fits on your tooth. He’ll put it in place, inspect it, and make any final adjustments. Even though the dental lab has crafted your veneer to be ideal in shape, you and Dr. Hemphill may decide differently. It's possible certain edges need to be shortened, squared off or rounded so it looks perfect. If this is the case Dr. Hemphill will complete the changes.an ideal shape, you and Dr. Hemphill may decide differently. It’s possible certain edges need to be shortened, squared off or rounded so it looks perfect. If this is the case Dr. Hemphill will complete the changes. Further refinement can be made after the veneer is bonded to the tooth. Dr. Hemphill will have chosen a shade of porcelain for your veneer that he expects will result in a close match with your tooth’s neighboring teeth. Because veneers are slightly translucent, its precise color can be fine-tuned by using different shades of bonding cement. He will use a trial paste to make sure the color is perfect. This paste will not bond but give you an idea of what it will look like once it is bonded. Dr. Hemphill will repeat this until you find the one that looks best. It’s important you feel good about the right shade because once it’s permanently bonded it cannot be changed.
Bonding the Veneer
Once you and Dr. Hemphill have determined that the veneer shape and shade is correct for you, your veneer can be bonded into place. Your teeth will be dried and a small amount of bonding agent will be placed on your teeth. A small amount of cement will be placed on the veneers and then seated on your teeth. The excess cement will be removed and a blue light will be used to activate the cement to bond to your tooth. Dr. Hemphill will use a scaler to make sure all excess cement has been removed from your teeth and then the teeth will be polished. Finally, any small changes in your bite or shape of the veneer will then be made.

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    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.
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Loved the doctor & excellent staff! Extremely welcoming. When you walk in you are always greeted with a smile, and the office is very clean and up to date. One of the best dental experiences I have had and I will definitely come back!

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Great service and great people. I used to hate going to the Dentist. Very nice and courteous dental staff. Helpful front desk staff who can figure out your dental plan and give you an actual price.

Brandon Z.

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.

Nicole R.

Great experience getting my first crown. Dr.Hemphill and team are gentle and made everything painless! Definitely would recommend anyone who is looking for a dentist.

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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.

Savi S.

This is the best dentist office I have ever been too. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable and they truly care about you. Melissa, the hygienist is amazing and Dr. Hemphill always goes above and beyond. The staff at the front desk make you feel right at home and you always receive exceptional customer service. I highly recommend West Hill Family Dental.

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The entire staff at West Hill Family Dental is extremely friendly and personable. The hygienists make you feel comfortable and the dentists are thorough yet efficient. I have been going there for 5 years and have never had a negative experience or felt as if they were trying to push dental work I did not need. I would highly recommend West Hill Family Dental to anyone looking for a dentist.

Marco A.

I am a very anxious person who was petrified to go to the dentist but had too because I had pain. The staff was amazing and Dr. Hemphill is obviously extremely skilled and his people skills are second to none. I had a root canal where I felt no pain and I am typing this just 4 hours after my procedure and I feel relief and no pain at all. WOW- if anyone is hesitant as a first time patient don't be. You are welcomed as a part of the family practice and I have no anxiety about my next visit. I have a lot of work to be done but know now there is no better place to go than West Hill. I am so glad I found them.

Steve B.

I am from out of town visiting family in Connecticut this weekend and I had a terrible toothache and didn't know where to turn. Obviously my family dentist is a few hundred miles away and It was a Saturday morning. I asked my uncle who I should call for help. They told me their dentist, Dr. Hemphill, has an emergency number I should try....so I did. Dr. Hemphill was kind enough to drive in and assess the situation. I am out of pain and enjoying the rest of my weekend with my family. Thank you Dr. Hemphill. I can't thank you enough for all your time and help with this tooth situation.

Parag D.

They made changing dentists after 32 years extremely easy, very friendly, and informative, they make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door!

Ashley B.

The best dentist ever! Love the water pick! The dental hygienists are wonderful and Dr. Hemphill is a pro at his job. Even makes getting novocaine easy! Even my children enjoy getting their teeth cleaned here.

Meredith

Always a good experience! Everyone is extremely nice and professional!

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Just switched my kids to them and they wonderful!! GREAT staff, from front desk to the hygienist to the dentist himself! I am very picky when it comes to this stuff but You know you have the right one when you're kids ASK when they can go back to the dentist! I'd recommend them to anyone!!

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As someone who has never been a fan of the dentist, I can honestly say this experience was comforting and painless! I was greeted with a smile at the front desk and exceptional patient care from the hygienist, to the assistant, to Dr. Hemphill himself. Dr. Hemphill walked me through, step by step, explaining what he was doing as his assistant and hygienist comforted me along the way! The entire staff was extremely friendly and personable!

Autumn S.

Best dental practice in CT... I recommend all my family and friends here... Wonderful, friendly staff... Look at our pearly whites...

Melissa F.

Dr Hemphill is easily the best dentist I've ever had. All of the staff are very friendly and caring. If your looking for a dentist in this area pick these people! You wont regret it.

Ashley C.

Dr Hemphill is simply the best! He and his staff are the nicest, kindest, most sincere people I have come across in a long time. He really stepped up to the plate when I had an emergency situation. He came in and opened his doors to me on his day off and not only saved me from a lot of pain and misery but he also saved my tooth!

Scott K.

Dr. Hemphill, or as I like to call him "Dr. H", makes going to the dentist stress free and actually a FUN and comfortable experience. He's a fantastic doctor and a great guy who really cares about his patients. The office is clean and the staff is friendly. They take my insurance and make everything totally affordable. I'm so glad I found Dr. Hemphill!

Shannon R.

Dr.Hemphill and the staff at the West Hill Family Dental showed great caring and understanding during a year long multiple visits required by my difficult dental situation. Dr. Hemphill worked with me to find the best possible plan forward. Changing of the multiple old crowns involved restoring of the decay damaged teeth, performing root canals and building up of the teeth core. With the help of a friendly dental assistant Kinga teeth were repaired and old crowns replaced by the new ones. Vicky always tried to find the best financial plan for the dental services and accommodate my busy schedule when making future appointments. Melissa and Tina did a great job on teeth cleaning. The West Hill Family Dental is a dental office where patients will find professional service while being treated with understanding and as a part of a family.

Bojana N.

Great service, flexible appointments, friendly staff and we are happy so far.

Ram P.

Really great dentist. Been a patient of his since he went into private practice and liked him so much that when he moved his office from Glastonbury to Rocky Hill, my whole family followed him. Not only is he an excellent dentist, the staff is great and appointments are on time. I can't think of enough nice things to say about him.

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