Porcelain veneers are very strong and can last ten years or more. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t break them. If you trip and fall, get hit in the face, bite into an unexpected bone-in food–basically all the same ways you can break your natural teeth–you can chip them.
If you chip your porcelain veneer, you may have to wear a temporary veneer or live with the chip until a veneer replacement arrives. This can take up to two weeks or more.
But what if you have a special occasion coming up and can’t accept having a less-than-perfect smile for two weeks? That’s where we can help–we can provide you with one or several veneer replacements in one day.
Why Replacing Porcelain Veneers Can Take Time
Labs normally produce porcelain veneers. Your dentist takes impressions and designs the veneers. Afterward a ceramicist crafts, fires, and finishes the veneer using the design material sent by your dentist.
Transportation time to the lab and back take up most of the time. However, the process of actually manufacturing the veneer takes time, too. Sometimes, the lab is close enough that they can create a replacement veneer in a few days. This often comes with a heavy surcharge for a rush order. Normally it takes over a week to get a veneer replacement back.
If your special occasion is before then, you would just have to accept a chipped tooth or a temporary veneer, which defeats the purpose of having veneers in the first place.
Replacing Porcelain Veneers Fast with CEREC
However, our CEREC system gives us another way to approach replacing veneers. Instead of taking manual impressions and sending them off to a lab, we use a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system to make a replacement right in our office. We can scan your teeth digitally and use that data to design a replacement veneer.
The design is then sent to a computer-controlled diamond mill that will carve the replacement out of a closely color-matched block of advanced ceramic. We will then custom-dye the veneer so it matches the others, polish it, and voila, you have a perfectly matched replacement veneer.
Since we store the design on the computer, we can create another veneer replacement in the unlikely event it’s necessary.