Are Cosmetic Dental Veneers a Good Choice for You?

Cosmetic dental veneers are one of the many services offered at Dental Studio 101. Porcelain veneers are used to restore the appearance of cracked, crooked or deeply stained teeth. Veneers are a great option that provide a more natural-looking solution compared to other dental procedures.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic bonded to the surface of your individual teeth. While being minimally invasive, this technique allows for a much more natural appearance. This procedure provides a long-term solution for a straighter, whiter smile that will last over the years.

The first step to getting cosmetic dental veneers is to get a dental impression of your teeth that will be used to design your ideal smile with a wax up which will provide the mold for your veneers and give you the opportunity to see the proposed changes prior to the procedure. The teeth are then prepared using a minimally invasive technique and the wax up design is used to fabricate your temporary veneers. Your temporary veneers will reflect these changes and act as a living model of what the final veneers will look like.

Immediately prior to placing your new veneers, the dentist uses an acid gel to the teeth to create a microscopically rough surface that works with the bonding agent to provide a strong base for your porcelain veneers. After etching the teeth, dental cement chosen to match the color of your teeth is used to apply the new cosmetic dental veneers to the surface of your teeth.

Once the veneers are set in place, a curing light is used as a catalyst to set the cement in a just a few minutes. With porcelain veneers, there is rarely any recovery time and patients can go back to their daily routine immediately. These cosmetic dental veneers are custom made and permanently bonded to the outer surface of your teeth. They are just as easy to care for as your natural teeth and can be brushed and flossed regularly.

Porcelain veneers are most commonly used to repair or restore: cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between your teeth, irregularly shaped or crooked teeth, overly sensitive teeth and deeply stained or discolored teeth.

At Dental Studio 101 we offer many options to fit your individual smile needs and with our cosmetic dental veneers you can go out and be confident with your newly manicured smile. If you have any questions or for further information call us at 480-488-4852 or visit our website at to set up your free consultation with one of our experienced dentists. To see before and after pictures of some of the previous veneers visit

Signs That Dental Veneers May or May Not Be the Ideal Choice

Porcelain veneers are one of the more complex and technical dental procedures there is. But because of the developing dental technology over the past three decades, veneers have become more convenient than ever before. Dentists are now able to create same-day restorations that closely resemble the natural shape and color of a patient’s teeth, thanks to digital imaging systems. In addition, teeth bleaching, dental crowns and other advanced treatments can now be combined with veneers to offer a comprehensive cosmetic result.

That’s why more and more people are deciding to get porcelain veneers every year. However, veneers are not the right choice for everyone. When deciding whether or not dental veneers are ideal for you, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Signs That Veneers May Be For You

  • Your teeth have some major discoloration issues.
  • You have teeth that are worn or chipped.
  • Your teeth have minor misalignment that you would want to correct without having to get braces.
  • You have gaps between your teeth
  • Your teeth are shaped poorly.
  • You are self-conscious about your smile and the appearance of your teeth, so much so that it affects your social interactions.

Signs That Veneers Are Not For You

Potential candidates for dental veneers must be free from gum and teeth problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and root canal infection. Patients who have good periodontal and overall dental health are usually the ones qualified for dental veneers. Once these dental conditions have been treated, patients are typically cleared for cosmetic dentistry.

If you are considering getting porcelain veneers, you should remember that this treatment is permanent. Since a layer of enamel is removed prior to attaching the porcelain, patients will eventually need to replace them either with new ones or with an alternative restoration. Hence, you should not get dental veneers if you are not certain about them, and if you do not have specific cosmetic goals.

Habitual teeth grinders are also disqualified from getting dental veneers. If you clench your jaw and grind your teeth habitually, this cosmetic procedure may not be the right choice. Although veneers are quite durable, the forces of clenching and grinding can place incredible strain on them, resulting to the veneers breaking or entirely coming off.

It is also important that the patient has sufficient amount of healthy enamel. As stated earlier, dentists remove a layer of enamel before attaching the veneers, so without an adequate amount of it, your teeth may potentially be exposed to more damage than protection.

Common Veneer Mistakes You Want to Avoid

If you are one of those individuals thinking of getting one done, here are a few of the most common veneer mistakes you want to know and their prevention.

Mistake no. 1: Neglecting to do a lab wax-up

No matter how many veneers you want done, a lab wax-up of veneer cases is necessary as they can be very complex to design. With the help of a wax-up, the patient and the dentist will be able to see the final results of the procedure in 3D even before the treatment is started. This ensures the patient that he or she is going to get the result that he or she desires.

Mistake no. 2: Failure to address symmetry in the gum line

The height and shape of a person’s gum line makes a big difference in the overall look of that person’s smile. Most of the time, the gum line will be at an inappropriate height or be asymmetrical for each tooth. Not addressing this issue prior to the treatment can affect esthetic outcome of the veneer case.

Soft-tissue symmetry can be fixed with either crown lengthening surgery or laser gum re-contouring before placing the veneers in place. Any gingival problems are required to be identified and treated during the initial treatment planning, so make sure to find a highly skilled Scottsdale dentist to address the issue and prevent veneer complications in the future.

Mistake no. 3: Working with a low-quality, inexperienced esthetic ceramist

Porcelain veneers can be a technically challenging procedure to do. While a good cosmetic dentist can offer wonderful preparations, these would not really matter if the dentist uses a low-quality esthetic ceramist. In truth, cosmetic dentists rely on their ceramists to design and create the esthetics their patients want.

The need for an outstanding ceramist can’t be understated. With porcelain veneers costing thousands, it is worth it to find a dentist who uses a high-quality esthetic ceramist.

Mistake no. 4: Staining under veneers

Staining is such a common occurrence with patients who have just recently undergone a veneers procedure. A black stain on the tooth is typically a result of using a hemostatic agent such as a ferric sulfate solution. If a patient is to use a hemostatic agent around veneers, the product should contain aluminum chloride to avoid the black pigmentation.

Other staining under the veneers may be a result of poor lifestyle or dental hygiene. Avoid teeth-staining substances and don’t smoke if you want to keep your teeth white. And, of course, a consistent routine dental visit is necessary to minimize staining.

These mistakes may be easily overcome. The trick is to look for an excellent and trusted Scottsdale dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. If you have concerns regarding your veneers or are considering having one done, consult with a dentist from Dental Studio 101.

About The Author

Dr. Boyle

Dr. Megan Peterson Boyle

Dr. Megan Peterson Boyle completed her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ. As a leader in the field of cosmetic dentistry and full-mouth rehabilitation, she is committed to providing exceptional dental care to the local community. She is also affiliated with prestigious organizations, including the American Dental Association. Her extensive involvement in these reputable institutions speaks to her commitment to advancing the field of dentistry.