What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s teeth. The main advantages of porcelain veneers are that they are extremely natural looking and are resistant to future staining. Additionally, tooth reduction is not necessary in the manner of composite resin, which takes up considerably more bulk and volume once applied. Two or three appointments may be necessary for this process.
Am I a Candidate for Veneers?
Veneers are an excellent solution for several cosmetic and restorative concerns. These include chipped or cracked teeth, resistant discoloration, gaps, odd shape, and minor misalignment. Veneers can also create the illusion of length in teeth that are short.
It is ideal to have good oral hygiene habits before seeking cosmetic dental treatment. Before applying veneers, we must confirm that teeth and gums are free of plaque buildup, inflammation, and decay. If necessary, treatment can be performed to correct such issues at the onset of your cosmetic treatment protocol. We are also careful to discuss what veneers can and cannot do. The most satisfied patients are those who have realistic expectations about their anticipated outcome from veneer treatment.
What Is The Process Of Placing Porcelain Veneers?
The placement of porcelain veneers will require three appointments for the following:
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
During this appointment, your dentist will examine the teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate. An X-ray may also be taken at this time. The dentist will also discuss the corrective abilities and limitations of the procedure, as well as provide the patient an opportunity to take an active role in designing and discussing the restorative veneer process.
During the second appointment, the teeth receiving the veneers are then lightly buffed to prepare the surface for proper adhesion. The tooth is typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. An impression is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for creation of the custom-made veneer. A temporary veneer can be placed if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The veneer is usually ready one to two weeks later.
At the third appointment, the dentist will test the veneers onto the teeth with water or glycerin to determine that they are perfect in fit and color. The color of the veneer can still be adjusted at this time by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the tooth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and veneer. Finally, a special light is used to quickly harden the cement.
Porcelain Veneers Benefits
There are several reasons why porcelain veneer treatment has become one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. Benefits of treatment include:
- The customization of each veneer makes it virtually impossible to differentiate between veneers and natural teeth.
- Veneers can be customized to a shade that complements your complexion as well as your personality.
- The veneering process is a conservative way to enhance the appearance of a tooth or teeth. Minimal reduction is necessary and, in most
cases, no reshaping of teeth is needed.
- Changing the shape, color, or proportions of teeth lends beauty to the smile which in turn supports optimal self-confidence.
Porcelain Veneers Results
The results of porcelain veneer treatment can be as subtle or dramatic as you wish. Some patients select this treatment as the sole aspect of a complete smile makeover. While it’s possible to cover every visible tooth with a veneer, this may not be necessary. Many of our patients obtain one or two veneers to correct specific concerns. In the end, the ultimate result of treatment is that you will love your smile!
How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made with a specific layering technique that makes the ultra-thin sheath incredibly strong for its size. Each veneer is resistant to chips and cracks, just like natural teeth. The bonding process also supports natural use. However, veneers are susceptible to damage if you bite on hard objects like pen caps, your fingernails, or ice.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic and restorative solution for front teeth. These jackets of porcelain differ from crowns in that they cover only the front surface of individual teeth; a crown covers the entire natural tooth from tip to gum line. Your dentist determines which fixture is most appropriate after conducting a thorough examination.
Porcelain Veneers Side Effects
Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur following the placement of veneers. This is due to the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. Sensitivity is a very common residual effect that typically dissipates in one to two weeks.
Veneers should be treated just like natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed regularly. Porcelain or Composite veneers will not be damaged by brushing and flossing, although using non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended.
New veneers will help achieve the goal of improving the appearance of teeth. With proper home care and regular dental visits, patients will experience long-lasting success with their new veneers and smile.