Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of your teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the best choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to make cosmetic changes to tooth shape, size, and/or color. Dental porcelain is durable, stain resistant, and closely matches the essential qualities of natural teeth. Each individual porcelain veneer is custom-made to the desired shade, shape, and size.
Usually three dental visits after the initial consultation will be required to complete the porcelain veneer treatment. During the first visit, your teeth are prepared and dental impressions are taken. The impressions are sent to a lab where the veneers will be created. During this first visit, temporary veneers will be made and placed for you while you wait for the veneers to be completed by the lab. Once the veneers are ready (about two to three weeks later), another dental visit is required to remove the temporary veneers and to bond the finished veneers in place. One week after your veneers are placed, you will be required to return to the office for a follow-up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your mouth is reacting to the veneers. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health.
Porcelain veneers are not suitable for all patients. However, a wide range of dental issues can be corrected with porcelain veneers. It should be noted in general that candidates for porcelain veneers should have healthy teeth and gums even though they are suffering from cosmetic dental issues. Patients in poor oral health, or who suffer from major dental issues, should explore alternative treatments. Candidates for porcelain veneers include those who experience such dental issues as:
Tooth discoloration: In cases of inherent tooth discoloration, teeth whitening will not likely be able to achieve the desired shade of white. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can be fabricated in any shade of white to create a luminous, vibrant, white smile.
Gaps between teeth: Gaps between the teeth can be closed quickly and without the need for traditional orthodontics using porcelain veneers. The veneers can be made in a greater width to fill in tooth gaps.
Mild alignment issues: Those with mild alignment issues may also be likely candidates for porcelain veneers. In these cases, porcelain veneers can function as instant orthodontics.
Dental wear down from teeth grinding: Untreated teeth grinding can wear the teeth down, leaving the teeth vulnerable to decay and further damage, as well as being unattractive. Porcelain veneers can be used to restore the appearance and protect the health of teeth damaged by teeth grinding.
Misshapen teeth: Many people feel self-conscious about the appearance of teeth that are unevenly shaped. These people can benefit greatly from porcelain veneers because porcelain veneers can be crafted in any shape to create an even, uniform smile.
Oversized or undersized teeth: The appearance of teeth that are too big or too small can be improved with porcelain veneers.
Minor chips or fractures: Teeth damaged by minor chips or fractures may be repaired with porcelain veneers.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is really very simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you may need to be fitted with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
You should also return to your dentist for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your dentistry for any sign of potential failure.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith at his Juno Beach, FL office to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you. Call us at (561) 694-9000.