What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these issues to help you achieve a beautiful smile
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
The durability and longevity of porcelain veneers are directly related to the quality of care they are given once bonded to the patient’s teeth. With proper home care and regular dental visits, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Studies show that once bonded to the tooth, a veneer is virtually as strong as the natural tooth itself. We will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
This procedure will require four appointments:
- Consult, diagnosis, and treatment planning
- Review and approval of proposed patient models
- Preparation and provisional veneer placement
- Bonding of permanent veneers
Diagnosis and treatment planning:
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. The doctors will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile.
Review and Approval:
You will be presented with models of your smile design for your approval. It is at this time we can make any changes to the design (i.e. shape, size, alignment, etc.) before proceeding to the next phase of treatment.
The second appointment will take two to four hours, depending on the number of teeth being prepared for veneers. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are slightly reduced in thickness to allow for the added thickness of the porcelain. Approximately 1-1.5 millimeters of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia. A mold is then taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. The doctor will then fabricate a temporary veneer, to be placed at this time for the patient to wear while waiting for the permanent restoration. The veneers will be ready for bonding in approximately three weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, the doctor will first place the finished veneers on your teeth with water or glycerin to check fit and color. At this point the color of the veneers can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is finalized, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to three hours depending on the number of veneers to be bonded.
Care and follow up:
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.
Maintenance of your new Veneers:
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing, although, non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneer.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call the office.
Whether or not you are a known clencher or grinder (bruxer), we recommend a soft night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your new veneers while you sleep.
We hope that your new veneers have fulfilled your goal of a more beautiful smile. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to keep your smile beautiful for years to come.