And if you chip your porcelain veneer, the dentist who placed your veneers might tell you that you’ll have to wear a temporary or live with the chip until a replacement arrives, which can be 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 replace your porcelain veneer in one day.
Why Replacing Veneers Can Take Time
Porcelain veneers are normally produced in a lab. Your dentist takes impressions and designs the veneers, but all the design material is sent off to a lab where the veneers are crafted, fired, and finished by a ceramicist.
Transportation time to the lab and back take up most of the time, although the process of actually manufacturing the veneer takes time, too. Sometimes, the lab is close enough that a replacement veneer can be turned around in a few days–often with a heavy surcharge for a rush order–but normally it takes over a week to get a replacement back.
And 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.
How CEREC Lets Us Replace Veneers Fast
However, our CEREC system gives us another way to approach replacement porcelain 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-die the veneer so it matches the others, polish it, and voila, you have a perfectly matched replacement veneer.
And because the design is stored in the computer, we can create another replacement veneer in the unlikely event it’s necessary (some people just can’t turn down a pickup basketball game).
If you are looking for a replacement porcelain veneer quickly, we can help. Please call us for an appointment with a Columbus, OH cosmetic dentist at the Columbus Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.