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Dental Veneers Can Enhance Smiles

Dental Veneers

Veneers are custom made, thin wafers of either porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front of teeth. Dentists use them to change the color, shape, size, or length of teeth.

Process to Make Veneers

When a patient comes to our office for porcelain veneers, Dr. Albers removes a thin layer of enamel on the front of each tooth. He takes an impression of the prepared teeth and then makes temporary veneers for the patient. The impressions are sent to a dental lab for processing. When finished, the patient returns for a second appointment. At this time, Dr. Albers bonds the veneers to the teeth.

Composite veneers are fashioned from the same material used for composite fillings. Unlike porcelain veneers, Dr. Albers does not need to remove enamel from the teeth. He etches the enamel, applies a bonding agent, and then places composite material on the teeth. He works to cover the teeth with a thin layer of composite, then uses a curing light to harden them. Finally, Dr. Albers shapes and polishes the finished product.

Porcelain Versus Composite

Composite veneers can be completed in one appointment. And, while they are less expensive than porcelain, they are not as durable and are more susceptible to chipping and staining. In some cases, such as when a patient wants to lengthen their teeth, Dr. Albers recommends the use of porcelain because of its higher strength and durability.

Mouth Healthy, a website maintained by the American Dental Association (ADA), has as a short video and article talking about dental veneers. The video notes that because dentists remove enamel to make way for porcelain veneers, they qualify as an irreversible cosmetic procedure. The video also highlights that patients need to be mindful of foods that can stain veneers, such as coffee and red wine, especially if composite material is used. That said, this cosmetic dental procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth and smile.

Testimonials

Mark T. Albers, D.D.S.
Mark Albers, D.D.S. has been our family’s dentist for over 20 years.  He has performed numerous procedures for us.  From doctor exams during routine cleanings to crowns, he has such a gentle touch!  Dr. Albers and his staff are friendly, professional, and considerate.  I appreciate that they value their patients’ time as I seldom wait to be called back to the chair.  I also appreciate the fact that Dr. Albers regularly attends professional seminars and seeks continuing education on the latest techniques and innovations.  His expertise is apparent.  We would never consider going anywhere else.

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Mark T. Albers, D.D.S.
2155 Hollowbrook Drive
Suite 20
Colorado Springs, CO
80918

(719) 634-8458