Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve your appearance by changing tooth color, size, shape, and length. They can be made either from porcelain or composite resin.
Why Do We Need Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are used to fix many dental issues such as:
- Teeth that are broken or chipped
- Misaligned or uneven-shaped teeth.
- Teeth with gaps between them.
- Discolored teeth.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
There are so many reasons to choose porcelain veneers as it provides a variety of benefits such as:
Durable and Stain-Resistant
Stains on teeth can be bleached at a clinic or home but they can become stained again. teeth veneers are the perfect solution for it. Veneers can resist stains even more than your natural teeth.
They are durable and can last up to 7-15 years. Even if they are durable and stain-resistant, you still need to take care of your veneers.
Natural Teeth Appearance
The color of the porcelain shell is the same as tooth enamel. Not only do they look natural, but they also feel natural. They help to cover stained or cracked teeth. These natural-looking veneers help you to restore your youthful smile.
Veneers are easy to maintain. They do not require special care. Take care of veneers the same way as your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are less invasive than other types of restoration. They require less tooth filing to make space for the veneers.
Replace Damaged Enamel
Your enamel may wear down due to highly acidic foods and drinks. It can’t grow back but can be replaced. Veneers are a perfect solution for teeth with enamel abrasion.
Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems
Veneers help to fix cracks, chips, misalignment, discoloration, and gaps between teeth. They can restore the appearance of youthful and healthy teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Porcelain veneers take more than 2 appointments to complete the procedure. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for the veneers. It may include an X-ray and make an impression of your mouth and teeth.
In the next appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth for veneers by reshaping the tooth surface. The dentist will trim down about half a millimeter of your tooth before taking an impression of your tooth.
Your dentist will make an impression of your tooth. It is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of veneers that will take 2-3 weeks. Meanwhile, temporary veneers may be used.
In the last appointment, your dentist will place the veneers on the tooth to check its fit and color. Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to prepare them for veneers. Etching roughens the tooth surface for a strong bonding process.
A special cement is applied to the veneers and positioned on your tooth. Once the veneers are properly placed, a curing light is used to harden the cement.
Afterward, the dentist will remove the excess cement, check your bite and make adjustments if needed. Veneers do not take much time to recover. Once anesthetics wear off, you can chew and eat normally.
How Long Porcelain Veneers Last?
How long veneers last depends upon the material used. Porcelain veneers are generally stronger and long-lasting. With proper care, they can last up to 7 to 15 years.
Dental veneers do not require special care but it is necessary to adopt good oral habits. Here are some tips you need to follow for the long life of your veneers:
- Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can get cavities around veneers.
- Avoid biting your fingernails, chewing hard objects such as ice or pencils because it can dislodge your veneers.
- Even porcelain veneers resist stains but still, it is recommended to avoid tea, coffee, red wine, and foods that cause staining.
- Never use your teeth to open the packaging.
- If you grind or clench at night, get a retainer to protect your veneers.
- See your dentist for regular examinations.
If you are looking to get porcelain veneers, contact and book an appointment today with the Munster dentist to improve your appearance.