If you have chips, stains, or gaps between teeth, it doesn’t have to be the end of your amazing smile! Smiles are one of the first things people notice when you are hoping to make a great first impression, yet even with the best at-home care it may not always be possible to put your best face forward. Crooked, gapped and stained teeth can all lead some people to hide their smile and feel uncomfortable in social situations. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are available that can help strengthen and brighten your teeth while still providing a natural appearance that will have you flashing those pearly whites at everyone you meet. Blending art and science, many patients have loved what veneers have done for them. Veneers can last for years and are resistant to staining. They look and feel natural, offer strength and durability, cost less than other options, and renew your image!
A veneer is simply an ultra-thin shell of ceramic or a composite resin that is shaped to look like your natural tooth. Although it is thin, a veneer is extremely strong and can withstand the forces involved with chewing. Sometimes, a small portion of the tooth will be removed before applying the veneer, but this is usually less than a millimeter. In some instances, a no-prep process may be used that preserves the entire tooth surface. Most people are able to have veneers applied with little to no anesthesia at all. Once veneers have been placed on the tooth, they function just as well as natural teeth only with a brighter and whiter appearance.
Ceramic veneers are ideal for correcting a variety of dental issues that include the following:
In addition to correcting these issues, veneers offer many benefits that can make them a better choice than other dental restoration options. For example, porcelain veneers can give teeth with stains that resist traditional whitening treatments a brighter appearance. They are also a more conservative alternative to crowns due to because they require less of the enamel to be removed.
The process of getting veneers begins with an assessment of your teeth and current satisfaction with the appearance of your smile so that a treatment plan can be created. During this time, dental patients are encouraged to be involved in the planning process to ensure they are happy with the final results. Once the planning has been decided, the tooth will be prepared for the veneers. Preparing the teeth is a simple procedure that involves lightly buffing the surface of the tooth to compensate for the thickness of the veneer. For ceramic veneers, a mold will then be taken of the tooth and sent to the lab for fabrication.
Once your porcelain veneer has returned, the dentist will spend some time placing it on your tooth to make sure it is a good fit. This is also an ideal opportunity for you to check the appearance of your new veneer before it is permanently placed. If all is well with the veneer, then the dentist will cleanse the tooth with special chemicals to ready it for bonding. Then, the veneer will be affixed to the tooth with a special type of cement. Finally, a light beam will be used to harden the cement.
One of the greatest benefits of veneers is that they are very similar to natural teeth in regards to maintenance. With your new veneers in place, you may experience some slight sensitivity the first few days. However, that should only be temporary. Porcelain veneers are quite strong, but you will still need to avoid the same habits that damage teeth such as nail biting and chewing on pencils. Regular tooth brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately following the placement, and these habits will help keep your veneers looking their best.
Correcting crooked and stained teeth is a simple process with veneers. Patients who choose this type of restoration discover that it can significantly improve their smile while correcting common dental flaws. If you are looking for a minimally-invasive solution for improving your appearance, then ceramic veneers may be just what you need to give your smile a lift.