Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s natural teeth. They are among the best of the restorative options when it comes to replicating the look of healthy tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are also resistant to staining from coffee or tea, or smoking cigarettes. And, because porcelain veneers are so thin, light shines through them, helping them blend in naturally with the other teeth.
Durability Of Porcelain Veneers
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The placement of porcelain veneers requires three appointments for the following:
Diagnosis And Treatment Planning
This initial appointment provides the patient with the opportunity to take an active role in designing and discussing the restorative veneer process. The dentist will discuss the corrective abilities and limitations of this procedure with the patient.
At the second appointment, the teeth being veneered are lightly buffed to compensate for the added thickness the veneers will create. The teeth are typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. Next, an impression is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for the creation of the porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers can be placed if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The porcelain veneers are usually ready within one to two weeks.
At the third appointment, the dentist will initially hold the porcelain veneers in place on the teeth with water or glycerin to determine whether they are perfect in fit and color. The color of the veneers can still be adjusted by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere them. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the teeth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and the porcelain veneers, and a special light is used to quickly harden the cement.
Care And Maintenance Of Porcelain Veneers
Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after placement of veneers; this is caused by the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. Sensitivity is a common residual effect that typically dissipates in one to two weeks.
Porcelain veneers should be cared for in the same way that natural teeth are. They will not be damaged by brushing and flossing, although using nonabrasive toothpaste is recommended. Veneers improve the appearance of teeth and, with proper home care and regular dental visits, will last for many years.
Alternative Option to Porcelain Veneers