There is nothing quite like having a bright, healthy smile. It gives us a sense of self-confidence, suggests the condition of our health, and much more. While many people use teeth whitening to gain a brighter smile, sometimes that is not an option. Porcelain veneers offer an alternative solution to many cosmetic dental problems.
Porcelain veneers can provide a great way to brighten your smile for many years.
Teeth whitening is a great way to brighten a smile, but it is not for everyone. Veneers can provide a great alternative in these situations.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells. Veneers adhere over your natural teeth to change their color, shape or size. Your dentist can have them made from porcelain to provide a close match to the color of your natural teeth.
Why are porcelain veneers used?
There are many reasons why you might choose dental veneers. They can correct several cosmetic dental conditions.
- Stubborn stains
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn teeth
- Misaligned or uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth
How do porcelain veneers whiten my teeth?
They are a great way to cover stubborn stains that resist teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening sessions may correct many dental discolorations. Yet, some stains resist teeth whitening treatments. Certain kinds of medications, like tetracycline, can leave behind dark, stubborn stains. Large, metallic fillings can stain teeth. As can some personal habits. If your teeth have brown, gray or purplish stains, porcelain veneers may be right for you.
How are porcelain veneers applied to my teeth?
If veneers are the best choice for you, our staff will schedule you for your first of three visits. During our first visit, dentist will discuss your treatment plan. He will take any needed X-rays and impressions of your teeth.
During the second visit, the dentist will prepare the teeth receiving the veneers. This involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel so the veneer will fit over the teeth. Dentist may use an anesthetic for your added comfort. The dentist will need an impression of your teeth to send to the lab. This is what the lab will use to create your new veneers.
A couple of weeks later, you will have your third and final visit. This is when you will receive your porcelain veneers. Dentist will try the veneers against your teeth to ensure the fit is right. Once satisfied, he will cement the veneers in place and cure the adhesive. Only the dentist will be able to remove the veneers once they adhere to your teeth.
How do I clean porcelain veneers?
Keeping your porcelain veneers clean is easy. Brushing and flossing paired with regular dental checkups will ensure a lasting, healthy smile. Other than that, there is no special care needed. Dentist may tell you to avoid or limit certain foods known for their staining abilities. You should avoid some foods or habits to prevent damaging your veneers.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
The life of porcelain veneers depends on how well you care for them. Although durable, certain foods, like chewing ice, can damage your veneers. Avoiding these and maintaining proper oral hygiene can help your veneers last. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last between five and 10 years.