Dental Veneers BasicsVeneers are thin sheets of composite resin or porcelain that act as shells to cover up the surface of your original teeth. They are carefully shaped in order to provide a variety of cosmetic improvements, and many of our patients with veneers state they feel that they’ve had instant orthodontics. Veneers are natural looking and very strong, and when properly caring for them at home, they can give you the smile that you’ve always dreamed of that will last a lifetime. With the increasing affordability of dental veneers, there is no reason that you have to go through life being unhappy with the appearance of your smile.
Reasons to Consider Porcelain VeneersThere are several reasons that you should consider porcelain veneers, as they can correct a variety of cosmetic issues:
|•||Creates a whiter smile|
|•||Corrects crooked or misshapen teeth|
|•||Improves the appearance of stained or discolored teeth|
|•||Elongates teeth that appear too small|
|•||Eliminates uneven or unwanted spaces|
|•||Corrects the appearance of chipped or worn teeth|
Veneers are a great alternative to some of the other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options available. They provide a more conservative approach to improving the color, shape, and size of the teeth than crowns, and they can mask the most undesirable of defects. Veneers are especially good options for people who have suffered from tetracycline stains or damage due to trauma to the mouth. Patients with gaps between the front teeth may also want to consider veneers, especially since this technique has shown to be extremely long-lasting when performed properly.
The Porcelain Veneer ProcedureThe procedure involved with getting porcelain veneers will typically take 2-3 visits to complete. The planning process is critical, and you’ll need to understand the corrective limitations associated with the procedure. With our help, we can create a porcelain veneer design that will give you the smile of your dreams.
When your teeth are prepared for veneers, they will need to be lightly buffed. This is crucial so that the added thickness of the veneers, which is quite small, can fit over your teeth. Typically only half a millimeter of enamel will need to be removed from each tooth, and a local anesthetic may be required during this process. We will also take an impression or mold of your teeth and will choose the right shade of white, and all of this information will be sent in to a dental lab for the construction of your veneers.
During your next visit, we will clean your teeth with specialized liquids and will etch the teeth, both of which are essential for achieving a strong and durable bond. The bonding cement will then be placed onto the tooth and the veneer will be slipped into position. Finally, a special light will be used to help the cement to harden, further strengthening the bond.
About a week after your veneers have been placed, you’ll need to come back into our office for a follow-up appointment. This is simply so we can see how your mouth is reacting to these new restorations. Even if you are completely satisfied with your veneers and feel that they were successful, this appointment is crucial for your future dental and oral health.
Caring for Your Porcelain VeneersAfter your porcelain veneers have been put into place, caring for them is actually fairly simple. You’ll treat your veneers the same way you would treat your original teeth, using routine flossing and brushing in order to keep them clean and free of stains. It is important to use fluoride toothpaste, and we can provide helpful suggestions on which type to use. Most importantly, any toothpaste that you choose should be non-abrasive, so whitening pastes should be avoided.
You also need to keep up with your normal routine when it comes to dental cleanings and checkups. Veneers need to be polished with a non-abrasive and specially formulated paste, so professional maintenance is crucial. We will also be the frontline of defense when looking for potential failure.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers as a way to improve the appearance of your smile, give our office a call at (425) 405-6400. We’ll set up a consultation to discuss your options and whether or not you are a good dental veneer candidate.