March 2010

New Procedure/Technique in Dentistry: DURAthin Veneers

Author: Bonnie Rothwell, DMD

As a cosmetic dentist, the goal is to give clients the beautiful smiles they want while preserving healthy, natural tooth structure. This is why one of my favorite procedures offered in my practice is DURAthin veneers.

DURAthin veneers are very thin porcelain pieces which are custom made to adhere directly to the front surfaces of teeth. This means that for some people we can transform their smile without drilling on their natural teeth. (This means no shots, too!)

DURAthin veneers are perfect for closing spaces between teeth, broadening a smile, lengthening teeth for a more youthful look, or permanent whitening. The artistic design and shape of these veneers, along with layering of the porcelain by a skilled lab technician, is what makes DURAthin veneers look so natural and beautiful. Although not everyone is a candidate for DURAthin veneers, we can incorporate these conservative veneers in conjunction with crowns, bridges and implants in more complex cases.

The procedure begins with preliminary records for the cosmetic workup by the dentist, including photographs, models, facial measurements and x-rays. The workup prepares the dentist for the next appointment where an impression is taken to send the DURAthin laboratory and temporary veneers are made. Special attention is focused on fabricating the temporary veneers in the same shape, length and color as the desired appearance of the final porcelain veneers. This is important as it allows the client to “test drive” their new look and make sure they are comfortable and pleased with the appearance and function of the cosmetic changes.

A few days later, the client returns for a “temporary approval appointment” where any desired changes can be made to the temporary veneers. Photographs of the approved temporary veneers are then sent to the dental lab to be used as a template for the final porcelain DURAthin veneers.

Once the porcelain veneers are received from the lab, the temporary veneers are removed and the new veneers are meticulously bonded in place. With proper maintenance and care, these veneers will not dull or stain over time and should last into the 20 year range.

Because the DURAthin veneer process requires special attention to detail and an advanced knowledge of materials and techniques, only dentists who have participated in an intensive DURAthin course are certified to provide these services to their clients. You can locate a certified DURAthin dentist at
Our office has been providing DURAthin veneers for over two and a half years now and, along with our patients, we continue to be thrilled with the results.

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