Porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive cosmetic response to many dental maladies, such as stain or discoloration, chipped or uneven dentition, or unwanted gaps. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will explain how you can achieve the smile makeover you’ve always wanted and enjoy these benefits:
- Time Savings: Treatment with porcelain veneers can be completed in a matter of weeks; you don’t need to spend years in a teeth straightening program to achieve the appearance of a symmetrical smile.
- Natural: Veneers offer a translucent, natural appearance.
- Stain resistant: Porcelain is naturally stain resistant so if you are considering teeth whitening, make sure you mention this to your cosmetic dentist so treatment is rendered in the proper order. Even though porcelain does not respond to any teeth whitening treatment, you can select the porcelain teeth shade you wish and whiten biological teeth first so all will match at procedure completion.
- Specific treatment available: You can repair one or multiple teeth allowing the patient to pinpoint exactly which teeth they want to enhance.
- Tolerable: Porcelain is well received by gum tissue lessening the possibility of rejection, abrasion, or gum tissue discomfort.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth colored shells that are permanently cemented to the front of teeth requiring treatment. Your cosmetic dentist will remove some enamel from the front of teeth to be improved about the thickness of the veneer itself. This will allow an even, natural appearance once veneer and tooth are bonded together.
The dental lab will fabricate veneers. This takes about two weeks. Any small adjustments needed can be made by your dentist chairside after veneers are tried on for fit and appearance.
Porcelain veneers are permanent, but not invincible. The patient will be advised not to bite into hard or sticky foods, not to bite fingernails and patients known to grind their teeth may not be good candidates for this cosmetic repair.
Caring for veneer-treated teeth is exactly what you do for all your teeth … brush twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam. Teeth with veneers can still experience dental decay so it is important to make sure you extend the proper care because if a cavity occurs on a veneer covered tooth, repair can be more extensive than a repair on an untreated tooth.
Contact our office today to discover your own treatment options!