Sometimes regular check-ups, good oral hygiene, cleaning, and whitening don’t quite get your smile as bright as you would want it to be. Even the slightest stain, discoloration, or uneven spacing can throw off the best set of teeth. Luckily, porcelain veneers are a great, blanket solution to a lot of these cosmetic flaws.
Much like crowns, veneers are an aesthetically pleasing covering that can mask the flaws in your teeth. These thin, tooth-shaped facades are both natural and durable. The simple process for applying veneers will do wonders to restore the wear and tear of your teeth over time and give you the whitest, brightest smile that cosmetic dentistry can offer.
Candidates For Veneers
To determine if you’re an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers, a cosmetic dentist will need to examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure. After the initial conclusion, a few more additional appointments will be needed to complete the process.
Porcelain veneers are a great fix in situations where:
- Teeth have been discolored or stained
- A tooth has become worn, chipped, or broken
- A gap needs to be filled because teeth have become misaligned
- Spacing between teeth is undesirable
- A tooth has become irregularly shaped because of natural wear
The process for placing veneers usually takes two to three appointments:
- In an initial examination a local anesthetic will be applied to the affected area of your mouth
- Some reshaping, including removing some enamel from your teeth, might have to be done to make place for the veneer
- An esthetic dentist will make impressions of your teeth, a process that will only take 30 – 45 mins
- The best shade of white will be selected that compliments your teeth
- After the initial appointment your veneers will be ordered, which could take a few weeks as every patient’s porcelain veneers are custom made
- On the next visit your dentist will clean and polish your teeth with a chemical that promotes maximum adhesion
- Each veneer tooth will be applied by bonding cement and a special infrared light will be used to harden the repaired surface of the tooth
After the initial application, maintenance is as easy as following and maintaining proper oral hygienic habits: brushing, flossing, and semi-annual examinations by an esthetic dentist. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last at least a decade.
Veneers may need to be replaced if there is any cracking, chipping, or discoloration – much like natural teeth.