Instantly impacting smiles across the world, Adrian Jurim invented, developed and patented the concept of etched porcelain laminate veneers in 1981. Not since orthodontia has any innovation changed dentistry so drastically. Dr. Levine was one of the first aesthetic dentists to work with Adrian Jurim to help develop the porcelain veneer technique.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that's personally designed by a specially trained technician to fit over the front and edges of a tooth. Porcelain veneers make it possible for even the most unsightly teeth to be transformed into ideal ones. Their surfaces are so dense that there's virtually no porosity, which makes them impervious to stains and plaque. Though they're quite fragile in the dentist's hands, as soon as they're bonded to the tooth, they become super-strong. Veneers are the technique of choice when you want to add significant length and cover the entire tooth.
First, you and your dentist decide which teeth should be veneered.
Next, the surfaces of your selected teeth are reduced (sanded down) by .5 mm to make room for the ultra-thin veneers.
It takes about a week or two for the veneers to be created in our inhouse laboratory, so during that time you're fitted with a temporary set, called provisionals, which are made to replicate your smile-to-be. While our ceramicist is busy creating that permanent new smile, you need to be spending this time working your artistic eye and observing the temporary version closely. Look at the color of the teeth, the length of them, the shape of them. This is the time to make sure you like and are comfortable with what you see.
After a few days of this trial smile, you return to your aesthetic dentist so he can ask you those same questions: Do you like your tooth color or is it too light? (or too dark?) Do you like the tooth length? If your answer is "No" to any of these questions, it's important to speak up. Your dentist will then take your concerns back to the technician. Once the final look is approved, impressions of the veneers are taken and are indexed in the laboratory so that we can transfer the information to the final work.
About a week later, it's time to return for the application of the final veneers. Composite resin cement is then used to bond the porcelain to the etched enamel surface, and the final step takes place when the laminate is cured to the teeth with a high-intensity light, which takes care of the final hardening (within about sixty seconds). This process usually takes 2-3 hours.
Veneers are right for you if:
- You're changing tooth position, tooth size and they're currently a very difficult color to alter.
- You're really unhappy with the size of your teeth, the position of the teeth or the dark color of them.
- Your teeth are noticeably small or thin, and/or noticeably dark.
Advantages of veneers:
- They're significantly more resistant to staining than bonding. In fact, veneers stain less than natural tooth enamel.
- They're significantly more resistant to chipping than bonding.
- Gum tissues tolerate porcelain well because its surface is so slick and smooth, so there's less likelihood of gum problems arising.
- Veneers are sturdy, and can take the average beating that natural teeth normally endure.
Disadvantages of veneers:
- Considerably longer time commitment during the application period.
- Veneers are difficult to repair.
- Veneers can be quite costly.
- Veneers irreversibly change the size of your tooth.
- If properly taken care of, veneers can last 12 to 20 years.