What Are Dental Veneers and What Are Their Uses?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance. The material mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel, delivering incredibly natural-looking results. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, giving you the confidence that your smile will stay white and bright for years to come.
We may recommend dental veneers for the following purposes:
• Covering teeth that are severely stained or discolored and not responsive to traditional teeth whitening treatments.
• Repairing teeth that are worn down due to grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism
• Closing small gaps or uneven spaces between teeth
• Restoring chipped, broken, crooked, misshapen, or misaligned teeth
• Correcting the size of teeth that are too small or too short
• Improving the overall appearance of teeth with flaws or imperfections
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer an incredibly durable and conservative cosmetic dentistry solution to mask tooth flaws with exceptional results. They require the removal of less tooth structure than other restorations, such as dental crowns, which require extensive tooth reshaping.
Porcelain veneers are closely color and texture-matched to your natural teeth. They can correct the most minor to the most unsightly tooth imperfections with stunning results that last. Your restorations will provide strength and resilience comparable to your natural tooth enamel.
What Is the Porcelain Veneers Placement Procedure?
Dental veneers typically require three appointments:
Consultation: During your first visit, we will evaluate your smile's unique needs and ensure that dental veneers are right for you. We may also take x-rays and impressions of your mouth and teeth.
Preparation: We will remove a wafer-thin layer of tooth enamel to make room for your new restoration. Next, we will take impressions of your teeth to send to our dental lab, which will fabricate your veneers. Temporary veneers will protect your prepared teeth as you wait.
Placement: When your veneers are ready in about 2-4 weeks, you will return for a placement appointment. We will check your restorations and trim them to ensure a proper fit. The last steps involve cementing your veneers to your tooth structure, evaluating your bite, and making final adjustments. You will leave our office with a virtually flawless smile!
How Should You Care for Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers do not need any special care. Make sure you maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, just as you normally would. Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable, but like tooth enamel, they can chip or break, so avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth as bottle openers or tools. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, we may recommend a custom mouthguard to prevent damage to your natural teeth and restorations.
It is important to maintain your routine dental exams and cleanings. During your visits, our team will check your veneers to ensure they are free from damage. With proper care, your restorations can last 15 years or even longer.