Get a Stunning Smile with Durable, Natural Veneers
Porcelain veneers can mask a fractured single tooth, discolored tooth, multiple misaligned teeth, teeth that are not uniform in size or shape, and patients whose orthodontic treatment has relapsed. Veneers are durable, they look natural, they resist staining and generally make your smile look great.
What are Veneers?
By definition, a veneer is a restorative material placed over the surface of a tooth. They are generally done to protect a damaged tooth surface (fractures) or to improve the aesthetics of a tooth. The two most commonly used restorative materials used to fabricate a veneer is composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer is done in one appointment where the composite is directly placed on the tooth. The porcelain veneer is fabricated by a dental technician in a dental lab. As a result, the porcelain veneer usually takes more than one visit.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The first appointment is the initial examination. This complete oral examination includes a visual examination of the gums, teeth, occlusion (bite) and smile line. The medical health of the patient is reviewed. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken of all the teeth and of the teeth that are going to be veneered. A full set of digital photographs are taken. These photos allow improved communication between us, the patient and the lab. Molds of the patient’s teeth are then taken and poured up in dental stone.
The patient is then seen on the next visit for the preparation appointment. The enamel on the front side of the tooth, the side where the porcelain veneer will be bonded, must be trimmed back or adjusted. Usually the amount of tooth prepared is in the order of .5 to.7 millimeters. This amount is usually the thickness of the new porcelain veneer and can be compared to the thickness of a chicken egg’s shell. This is a minimal amount compared to most dental procedures. This preparation appointment usually requires some local anesthetic or freezing.
Once the teeth to be veneered are prepared, a copy of your teeth or an impression is taken. Temporaries will be fabricated to protect the vital teeth from sensitivity and also the temporaries allow us, you, friends and your family to evaluate the smile. This gives you the opportunity to “test drive” your porcelain veneer-adorned smile outside our practice.
The patient usually returns in a week to ten days for the final insertion appointment. At this appointment, the temporary veneers are removed after local anesthetic is applied. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned with an antibacterial rinse. The porcelain veneers are tried to fit, shape, length and color. The veneers are then placed on the teeth to allow you to approve your new smile. The porcelain veneers are then cleaned and re-etched. Each veneer is then tacked into place with a dual cure resin.
We then see you for a post insertion appointment in 24 to 48 hours to double check the bite and to take impressions for a night guard. This night guard protects the veneers from the severe forces of clenching and grinding (bruxism).
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Like natural teeth, porcelain veneers require regular maintenance. Daily flossing and brushing is critical. Avoid toothpastes that are abrasive or that contain substances like baking soda. These toothpastes will remove the shine from your new porcelain veneers. Proper dental hygiene will protect the natural teeth beneath the veneers from gum disease and tooth decay. Cavities can still occur on your natural teeth (not on your veneers). This is why regular dental check-ups is a requirement.
There are certain habits that should be avoided. People that have porcelain veneers should not bite their fingernails, grind their teeth or chew on hard items like bones or ice. Your veneers will not chip or wear down if you avoid these habits.
Avoid certain substances that can stain your natural surrounding teeth. These substances include, but are not limited to, tea, smoking, red wine, coffee and various medications. If your surrounding teeth discolor, there will be a noticeable difference between your natural teeth and your porcelain veneers.
Wear your night guard to protect your investment, and wear your sports guard if you are active in sports or live an active lifestyle.
Risks of Porcelain Veneers
All dental treatments have their risks. There is no doubt that porcelain veneers have numerous benefits that make them the usual treatment of choice in cosmetic dentistry. This is an irreversible process and porcelain veneers may need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers can chip or come off. This is rare and often just requires the veneer to be rebonded to the tooth in question.
Porcelain veneers may cause tooth sensitivity. This is rare if bonding is completed properly. Some patients experience minor sensitivity to temperatures for a couple of days to a week after the placement of veneers. At Ideal Dental Solutions, we greatly minimize this risk because we have numerous years of experience in placing porcelain veneers.
“Instant Orthodontics” can transform a crooked and uneven smile to a straight, even and white smile in three to four visits without the use of braces. Traditionally braces or orthodontics was the only way to straighten crooked teeth. Now we have the option of “Instant Orthodontics” with the artistic application of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers restore teeth to their natural beauty that is enduring, white, bright and straight.
Orthodontic braces can take 2 to 3 years to straighten your teeth. Braces do not brighten, whiten or alter the shapes of your teeth so often even after the teeth are straightened individuals need porcelain veneers anyways to whiten and alter the shapes of their teeth.
“Instant Orthodontics” really does give you a whiter, brighter smile which is usually not achieved with either Orthodontics, brushing or bleaching.
A smile is very important for a person to achieve their personal and professional life goals!
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