Of all the changes that you can make to your smile with cosmetic dentistry, veneers are one of the most transformative standalone procedures that you can choose. They can create a white, even, attractive smile, and are available in several materials. However, porcelain veneers offer the most benefits to patients.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-fit, tooth-colored shells that are and bonded to the front of teeth. Porcelain veneers are considered the most versatile cosmetic dentistry solution that is available. They can be used to restore your smile in several ways with just one treatment. Additionally, porcelain offers a natural looking and less bulky alternative to composite veneers. Patients can expect to fit veneers in just a few appointments at Drs of Smiles in Mesa, AZ.
What Can Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers help with several common problems including:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discoloration or staining
- Misshapen and crooked teeth
- Small holes or pits in teeth
- Spaces between teeth
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers do not harm your teeth, so most people are good candidates for the procedure. However, patients with decay, gum disease, weakened teeth or inadequate enamel are not candidates for veneers. These patients will have to have periodontal treatment before receiving veneers. In addition, patients that grind their teeth or have missing teeth are not candidates. If you are missing teeth, Drs. LeSueur and Dodaro may recommend dental bridges or implants for those areas.
Benefits of Porcelain
Using porcelain when making veneers offers many benefits. Porcelain is the ideal material for veneers because they blend well with your other teeth. Patients who choose porcelain veneers achieve the most natural-looking results, and porcelain interacts with light in a similar way as enamel. Additionally, porcelain is durable, does not require a lot of changes to the original tooth, and does not stain.
The Veneer Process
The veneer placement process will take several visits to our office. During your first appointment, Drs. LeSueur and Dodaro will examine your teeth. This is the patient’s opportunity to address any questions or concerns about the upcoming procedure. At the second visit, our staff will remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth that is to receive a veneer. Then, a mold of your teeth is made and sent to a lab that creates the porcelain veneers. The veneers take about one to two weeks so patients can receive a temporary veneer while they wait.
Once the veneers are ready, an appointment will be scheduled for placement. First, we check the fit and trim, as well as the color. Then, a special material is applied which bonds the tooth and veneer. Once the veneer is positioned properly, a light beam is applied to cure the bonding material. Porcelain veneers are one of the most non-invasive are relatively pain-free cosmetic dentistry solutions available. Finally, patients are free to leave and resume their normal activities.
Before & After Veneers
Care & Maintenance of Porcelain Veneers
After the veneers are in place, we schedule a follow-up appointment about two weeks later. Our staff at Drs of Smiles will make sure the patient is comfortable with the fit. We advise patients to treat their veneers just like natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and routine dental exams are a great way to maintain your veneers, gums, and natural teeth. We also recommend non-abrasive toothpaste. With proper care and oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years.
Side EFfects of VEneers
There are usually no long-term side effects of placing veneers. Patients do occasionally experience sensitivity to hot and cold. This is typically temporary and caused by the lack of enamel on the teeth with veneers. Patients can expect this sensation to alleviate itself within one to two weeks.
Combining Veneers with OTHER Dental PROCEDURES
Of all the cosmetic dentistry solutions you can choose from, porcelain veneers can make the biggest change in a stand alone procedure. Although, Drs of Smiles can combine veneers with other treatments, such as gum recontouring and replacing your fillings.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on porcelain veneers and to schedule a consultation call (480) 834-6991 today! Dr. Scott LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Charles Dodaro serve Mesa, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale Arizona, and surrounding areas.