Porcelain Veneers for Your Teeth

This Enamel-Like Material Will Give You a Smile That Is Natural and Beautiful

Porcelain veneers are strong and resilient like your tooth enamel; these thin porcelain pieces restore the beauty of your natural teeth. These are popular choices when improvements on the size, shape, color or position of the teeth are desired.

Consultation on Porcelain Veneers

The first thing you should do is to consult with a dentist who is a member of the AACD and ask him if veneers or other alternatives are right for you. For the best results, you must tell your dentist what corrections you want. You must be clear and specific about the improvements that you desire.

Just because celebrities might have perfect teeth because they used veneers, that does not mean that this approach is right for everyone because the dental needs of each person are different and must be evaluated carefully.

To figure out what is needed to give you your perfect smile, your dentist will typically do a smile analysis. Plus, your dentist has a way for you to “try on” sample veneers by using a diagnostic mock-up, which will allow you to see if the result is what you really want.

Through cosmetic imaging, your dentist will display to you a photograph with your new smile.

Making the decision to beautify your teeth with porcelain veneers is just the beginning of the whole process. Before you go on, there is still a lot you need to know.

The Reasons for Using Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are laminates made from thin layers of ceramic that replace your tooth enamel, which are applied with a layer of adhesive. The application of a veneer requires the removal of less than a millimeter of your tooth enamel. This is a critical step because it enables the veneer to fit onto your tooth perfectly, improving the beauty of your tooth and restoring the natural function of your tooth.

The bond between the porcelain veneer and your tooth is very important because the strength of the bond is crucial to the veneer functioning properly, and it also plays an important part in giving you that perfect smile. Between the layer of veneer and your tooth, a resin that is sensitive to light is applied, and a special light is then used to cure and harden it.

If the original tooth has imperfections like poor shape, color, and contour, porcelain veneers are the perfect solutions for it. If the teeth have cracks or gaps in between, or if the position of the teeth is causing problems with the bite, veneers can also address those issues. For discolored teeth, sometimes bleaching and other whitening treatments are not effective. In these cases, porcelain veneers can be a good alternative.

Veneers That Require Little Preparation Or “No Prep”

Some people want solutions other than the conventional bonded dental veneers, but these options might not be the best choices for them.

With the “no-prep” dental veneers, less tooth enamel is removed and therefore and little preparation is required, but like the porcelain veneers, these are still affixed to the anterior surface of your teeth. These are slightly different from the traditional veneers because the no-prep veneers can be applied more quickly, and the patient experiences less discomfort.

Your dentist, who should be a member of the AACD, should be able to tell you if the “no-prep” or minimal prep veneers are an appropriate choice for your treatment plan.

The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

It is practically impossible to distinguish a natural tooth from one that has a porcelain veneer because each veneer is custom-sculpted for the patient. Because the veneers are manufactured from advanced, high-tech materials, they will not get stained from tea, coffee, or smoke from cigarettes, which is a big benefit over natural teeth.

Unlike crowns, veneers allow you to keep most of the material of your natural teeth because only a little bit needs to be changed for a perfect fit.

If there are teeth that have dark, stubborn stains, veneers can make them white and brilliant again.

For minor flaws like overlaps, gaps, and twists, dentists might recommend veneers as the best way to fix them.

Possible Disadvantages for Dental Veneers

A veneer is a permanent treatment that is not reversible because a little bit of your natural tooth enamel is removed. Your natural tooth will never revert back to its original state and can only be improved by new veneers or adjustments.

Porcelain veneers can take at least seven days to create in a lab before they are ready for use.

Because the application of the porcelain veneers requires a thin layer of tooth enamel to be removed, after the procedure, your teeth might be slightly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This condition usually resolves itself in several days. If the patient has overall good oral health and there is nothing destructive going on inside the mouth, the porcelain veneers will behave like natural teeth. The veneers are considerably strong, but they can crack easily. You will need to avoid activities that would normally damage natural teeth such as biting your fingernails, chewing on ice cubes, or opening a beer bottle with your teeth!

Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneer

It is very easy to maintain porcelain veneers properly: just take care of them like your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Your dentist will probably recommend that you use a fluoride toothpaste that is not abrasive.

Your dentist will want you to come back for a follow-up visit one week after the veneer application so he can evaluate how your mouth is adjusting to the veneers. Even if you do not experience any problems with the veneers, it is important that you go to your appointment to ensure that your mouth will stay healthy.

If you have a tendency to clench or grind your teeth at night, your dentist might fit you with a bite guard in order to prevent you from damaging your veneers.

Your dentist will need to check your veneers for possible damage periodically and he will need to polish them with a paste that has a special non-abrasive formulation; therefore, you will need to schedule regular visits with your dentist to maintain your veneers.