Of all the changes that you can make to your smile with cosmetic dentistry, veneers is one of the most transformative standalone procedures that you can choose. You can also combine veneers with other treatments, such as gum recontouring and replacing your fillings. Veneers are available in several materials, but porcelain veneers offer the most benefits.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are considered the most versatile cosmetic dentistry solution that is available. Veneers can be used to restore your smile in several ways with just one treatment. The thin porcelain shell is custom-made to match your tooth color and shape. If you are using veneers to correct discolored teeth, we may order the veneers in a lighter shade.
What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers help with several common problems.
- Discoloration: We recommend porcelain veneers for patients who have staining deep inside the teeth where traditional whitening techniques do not produce the desired results. The veneers cover the discoloration.
- Gapped, chipped, misshapen and crooked teeth: Porcelain veneers are like having instant orthodontics. The veneer material can be applied in a way that hides these problems to give your teeth a natural shape.
- Sensitivity: Veneers are applied to the front of your tooth. If you have any enamel erosion or other problems that lead to sensitivity, porcelain veneers cover the area and reduce sensitivity.
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers do not harm your teeth, so most people are good candidates for the procedure. Veneers cannot replace missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, we may recommend dental bridges or implants for those areas. Periodontal disease should be treated before having porcelain veneers.
What are Dental Veneers Made From?
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.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
A small amount of enamel is removed from each tooth that is to receive a veneer. We make a mold of your teeth to send to a lab that creates the porcelain veneers. Approximately two to four weeks later, we make an appointment to apply the veneers. We check the fit and trim as needed. A special bonding material is used to attach a veneer to each tooth. Once the veneer is positioned properly, a light beam is applied to cure the bonding material
How Should I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
We schedule a follow-up appointment about two weeks after the veneers are applied. We check the fit and also ask about your comfort with the porcelain veneers.
Continue to brush and floss your teeth after your veneers are applied. Routine dental exams are also a great way to take care of your porcelain veneers, as well as your gums and natural teeth.
You can continue to eat the same foods with your porcelain veneers, but coffee, tea, smoking and wine may stain the veneers.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper care and oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years.
CAN PORCELAIN VENEERS BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?
Of all the cosmetic dentistry solutions you can choose from, porcelain veneers can make the biggest change in a stand alone procedure. They also combine well with other procedures such as gum recontouring and filling replacement.
WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO TELL I HAVE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
No, your veneers will look like natural teeth. They will be custom crafted to fit your unique smile, and color matched to your natural teeth. Porcelain interacts with light just like natural tooth enamel, so they will look real and alive, blending with your natural teeth.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
No. Porcelain veneers are one of the most non-invasive cosmetic dentistry solutions available.