Porcelain Veneers are thin layers of porcelain bonded to the front of a tooth. The porcelain is very strong and does not stain. Porcelain Veneers are used to treat a number of dental problems that will improve your smile as well as your bite since your teeth will be in proper position. These problems can include crowding, discoloration, crooked, or chipped teeth. Porcelain Veneers can also be used to treat patients who are showing too much gum or who have broken down teeth due to aging. Porcelain Veneers can benefit anyone who would like to enhance their smile and improve the color of their teeth.
Patients who have received porcelain veneers have shown an increase in self- confidence and smile more often.
There are two procedures through which porcelain veneers can be done.
The first option is through the traditional system where an impression is taken of the affected tooth or teeth and then sent to lab for fabrication. While the patient waits for the veneers to be completed, a temporary veneer will be given to wear. Once completed, the patient returns for a second visit one to two weeks later, and then the veneers will be bonded to the teeth. For patients who have a problem with their bite, they may need to wear a night guard to safeguard the veneers at night to avoid chipping or breaking.
Since a porcelain veneer is specially made by a dental lab, the entire process may take longer than that of a composite resin veneer. They are, however, very strong and not easily stained.
To place your porcelain veneer, the dentist usually treats the front and sides of your tooth to remove a little enamel so there is room for your veneer to fit and look natural. Once any necessary adjustments have been made by the dentist, your custom veneer is then bonded to your tooth. If need be, the dentist can make some alterations during future appointments.
Composite Resin Veneers
Like porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are thin coverings for your teeth, but the materials, process, and durability are different.
Since the dentist uses composite resin materials to sculpt and bond your veneer in the office, the whole process may be done in as little as one visit.
To prepare your tooth, usually less enamel is needed to be removed than when placing a porcelain veneer. It is hardened and bonded using a special light and then polished to resemble your surrounding teeth.
Though they generally are not as strong as porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers can be quickly repaired if damaged.
How do I take care of my veneers?
With your new veneers in place, you’ll want to take good care of them and your own teeth to ensure your smile keeps on looking great for years to come.
Avoid foods that can permanently stain or damage your smile. Just chewing on hard foods or items - like ice, pens, and pencils - can greatly harm your veneers and teeth. Once they are damaged, stained, or unintentionally altered in any other way, your veneers might stand out and not look as natural.
To keep your teeth healthy and clean, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. And flossing should be done daily to remove bacteria and plaque that can cause your teeth to decay. Dirty and decaying teeth can stand out from your teeth with veneers and may cause unwanted attention.
It is important to see the dentist to make sure your veneer is placed right and withstanding your normal life. Adjustments that only the dentist can do may need to be made to your veneer.
How do I know if I need veneers?
If you are unhappy with the look of your smile or worried that a crack in a tooth may get worse, veneers may be a good option for you. Since veneers are not right for all patients, you should make an appointment with a dentist to review your oral health and dental options. Be sure to mention your specific expectations and desired results.
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