Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of colored porcelain that cover the front, and sometimes the sides, of teeth that show in your smile. There are several types of materials used in making porcelain veneers.
The original veneers required a very talented lab technician to fabricate “from scratch”, using feldspathic porcelain, a powder mixed with distilled water to form a paste that the technician then applied to a model made from the impression of the patient’s prepared teeth. In the early ’90’s, Empress porcelain changed the cosmetic dentistry world by introducing an injection-molded porcelain with high strength and excellent esthetics, allowing technicians to wax the full shape of the tooth, similar to a gold crown, or the way jewelry is made. The increased strength and ease of use sky-rocketed the popularity of porcelain veneers. Dr. Sweeney uses mostly Empress porcelain veneers.
Are you tired of having misaligned or crooked teeth, but not interested in spending years in braces? With “instant orthodontics” through porcelain veneers at Austin Dental Spa, you can achieve a straight and stunning smile in just a few visits! Porcelain veneers can be fitted over a patient’s existing teeth after Dr. Sweeney makes only the most conservative preparations. Dr. Sweeney has used this technique to help many of our patients achieve consistently impressive results, and he can also help you.
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Recent technological advances in the strength of feldspathic porcelains have ushered in the latest craze of minimal- or non-prep veneers (also known by the trade names Lumineers™ and DURAthins™). A talented lab technician can fabricate an extremely thin veneer, allowing us to change your smile in many cases with little or NO tooth structure removal. Dr. Sweeney works with 2 World- Class dental laboratories that are skilled in this technology. Call us now to schedule a consultation to see if this technology is right for your new Smile!
Regardless of what material is utilized for your veneers, Dr. Sweeney pays meticulous attention to the temporaries that are placed on your teeth while your permanent veneers are being made. These are your “prototypes” for your final Smile, and we want to ensure that you are happy with them before your final veneers are made. Typically, only about 3 weeks are needed from the preparation appointment to the final delivery of your new Smile!