Porcelain Veneers

Dental Services

Dear Dr. Leach,  I just wanted to tell you thank you for my beautiful veneers! I love them and get compliments on them all the time. Thank you again!

Katie W.

Dr. Leach did a magnificent job on my teeth. He did some bonding to fill in some spaces and my teeth look just perfect. I am completely happy with the great job he did! He also did the work with no discomfort whatsoever and without even numbing. I was very comfortable the whole time.

J.M.

Thank you for everything leading up to and the day of my visit for Bioclear. I’m so happy with the results from the procedure and I appreciate all of the information everyone provided during the process. Thanks so much to you, Dr. Leach, for investing your time and talents in making this procedure available in our state. I’m very grateful for all of the kindness and care everyone gave to me. The office visits, phone conversations, and really all of my interactions with your office were very positive and put me at ease. Thank you so much for all that you all do!

Traci S.

My family and I have been a client of Dr. Steven Leach for 13 years. He has been a very positive influence concerning oral health. After consulting with Dr. Leach concerning a very crooked front tooth, he advised me and we came to the conclusion that we need to crown the teeth. His staff was encouraging, very kind and helpful with the decisions that needed to be made. Dr. Leach took great care to make sure that everything went according to plan. When it was time to fit the new teeth he was meticulous and the outcome was beyond my wildest hopes. For the first time I had a smile that I could really be proud of. Dr. Leach’s expertise, his excellent staff, and the lab made what could have been a harrowing experience a very enjoyable one.
Thank you Dr. Leach, “She said with a smile”!

K.H.

Wow, my dental appointments were actually looked at as a pleasant experience, since Dr. Leach and his staff are so capable and sincere – and there was no discomfort as one usually expects.

C.R.

Thank you all for your great service, kind care, and sweet attitudes. I love being your patient, blessings!

P.K.

Good tooth color, pleasing shape and proper alignment: these are a few of the most important parts of a beautiful smile. If your teeth fall short in any of these areas, porcelain veneers may be for you!

A veneer is a thin covering over another surface. In dental terms, a veneer is a thin coating of porcelain. This super-strong layer is bonded to your teeth, and acts as a substitute for your natural enamel. Dr. Leach can use veneers to create beautiful new tooth surfaces, that are durable and natural looking. Dental porcelain, though translucent and tough, doesn’t stain like tooth enamel does.

Porcelain Veneer

Porcelain technology has seen remarkable advances in recent years. At Steven Leach Dental, veneers can be made thin enough to bond directly onto your existing tooth surface. In some cases, a very thin layer of tooth enamel — as thin as the veneer itself — may be removed to accommodate veneer and give it a natural look. Either way, the results are sure to make you smile.

Versatility of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can be used to improve many aspects of your smile:

  • Veneers Before and AfterVeneers Before and After ColorThere are many ways we can stain our teeth. Smoking, natural aging, even our favorite foods and drinks can contribute to the discoloration of our teeth over time. Veneers are available in numerous shades, from your natural tooth color to the brightest Hollywood white.
  • Size & ShapeGrinding your teeth can wear them down. Some teeth may just not have proper size and shape to begin with. Dr. Leach can shape your veneers in whichever way is most flattering to your smile.
  • Alignment & SpacingIn addition to improving color size and shape, veneers can also be used to close small gaps between teeth or make slight corrections in alignment.

Limitations of Porcelain Veneers

Not every situation lends itself to veneers. For example, for significantly misaligned teeth or  large gaps, orthodontics may be a more appropriate approach. If decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit) has caused the significant loss of tooth structure, porcelain crowns (that cover the entire tooth) may be the proper therapy. The experts at Steven Leach Dental are prepared to advise you on all your options and recommend the best solution to suit your needs.

Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

The first step to upgrading your smile is describing the aspects of your current smile that you want to change. As a starting point for discussion, Dr. Leach recommends bringing in pictures of smiles that you do like.

From there, Dr. Leach can help you to see how veneers might look on your teeth. He does this in one of several ways. A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed. Alternatively, acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored material can be placed directly onto your teeth to illustrate the look of adding veneers.

Once a plan has been agreed upon, Dr. Leach will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel (this step is not always necessary, and may be skipped if appropriate).  Molds of your teeth will be taken and sent to the laboratory where a skilled dental technician will create your veneers. During the few weeks it takes for the lab to do their work, you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear. When your permanent veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.

Caring for Your Veneers

Taking care of your veneers is requires the same care and attention that your natural teeth do: brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque and ensure gum health around the veneers. As always, regular checkups at Steven Leach Dental remain important to your oral and general health.

Keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may withstand abuses like using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods (e.g. candy apples). But then again, these things are never good for your natural teeth either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you may be advised to wear a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers — and your investment.