With more people taking interest in looking better and making their smiles more pleasing, cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity. Numerous procedures can make your smile more appealing, but porcelain veneers are one of the most popular. An unattractive smile can lower your confidence and self-esteem, but veneers can help you gain these important feelings back.
Benefits of porcelain/cosmetic Veneers
Because of the many benefits of porcelain/cosmetic veneers, they are a popular choice among our patients. Among these benefits is the fact that veneers can camouflage a range of dental problems, including:
- Crooked teeth– Veneers are bonded to the surfaces of teeth to make them appear straight and perfectly aligned without traditional braces.
- Discoloration– Veneers cover discoloration and stains and are crafted to match the natural teeth flawlessly. This makes them a longer-lasting alternative to teeth whitening.
- Worn teeth– If a tooth is worn down, we can have veneers crafted to add length to the tooth, making the smile look younger and stronger.
- Chipped teeth– Porcelain veneers completely conceal chips and other imperfections in the tooth, providing a beautiful, unblemished result.
Veneers can also be used as a non-invasive wrinkle eraser; by improving the way in which the teeth support the lips and surrounding skin, veneers can diminish wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance.
What Can I Expect from a Porcelain Veneer/cosmetic veneer Procedure?
Getting porcelain veneers is a pain-free procedure that requires only one or two visits. Here’s what you can expect from the procedure:
Will I Need Sedation?
You will require a sedative only if your veneers need to extend under the gumline, which is a sensitive area. However, you can request sedation if you have a dental phobia that makes you anxious during dental care.
Selecting a Shade
Your dentist will choose a porcelain shade that is as close to the natural color of the surrounding teeth as possible. He or she will also determine which areas of the laminae need to be translucent for the treated teeth to look more natural.
Prior to applying the veneers, your dentist will trim the tooth or teeth that need cosmetic treatment. The reason for trimming your teeth is to adjust the enamel layer so the veneers can be placed properly. If your veneers need to bond to any teeth with old fillings, it’s best to get a new filling before the veneer procedure. This will make bonding the veneers more successful.
After tooth trimming and cleaning surrounding areas, your dentist will take an impression of the teeth needing treatment, along with your gums and neighboring teeth. This process involves applying a thick paste to your teeth and having you bite into a tray to lock the impression. Some dentists will also take a picture of your teeth for further reference.
Temporary Veneers (If Needed)
Because it takes a week or two to prepare the porcelain veneers, your dentist may apply temporary veneers until the permanent ones are ready for application.
Evaluating the Fit
Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will place them for accuracy. This is an important step as even the slightest miscalculation can lead to bigger problems. Therefore, your dentist may place, remove and trim the veneers multiple times to get the perfect fit. Each time, you will bite down, close your mouth and move your jaw slightly to ensure there is no discomfort with the veneers in place. If you feel any discomfort or pain, don’t hesitate to tell your dentist immediately.
Bonding to the Teeth
Once your dentist evaluates the fit, as well as the shade, shape and aesthetics of your veneers, they will polish both your veneers and the original teeth. Then, they will etch an acid gel onto the surfaces of your teeth for about 20 seconds to create a surface that’s bondable. They will then wash the gel away and place a bonding agent on your veneers to tighten the bond.
Next is pressing the chosen shade inside the veneer, followed by passing a blue light over the porcelain to finalize the bonding. Once the procedure is done, your dentist will clean and floss your teeth as a final touch.
How Care for porcelain /cosmetic Veneers?
Although veneers can be a permanent fix, you need to make sure they are cared for properly. Hard foods and candy could cause the thin shell to come loose from the natural tooth. It is also important to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and keep your regular checkups with your dentist. By speaking with your dentist on a regular basis you can ensure your veneers are sitting on your teeth properly and don’t require maintenance.
How Long Do porcelain /cosmetic Veneers Last?
Correctly designed and accurately placed porcelain veneers by an experienced cosmetic dentist can last over 10-15 years. They do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist.
Will my veneer teeth be sensitive to hot and cold?
There will likely be some sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages for a short time due to having a thin layer of enamel removed. This should disappear in a few days. Avoiding hot and cold foods is recommended for the first few days to allow the veneers to settle.
Who is not a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
If you have extensive tooth decay, it’s not wise to simply cover it up with veneers. Talk to your DENTISTS about removing the decay before getting started. If you grind your teeth, this could also be a problem but your DENTISTS may offer you a solution to help guard against damaging your veneers, such as a mouth night guard.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies according to the details of each patient’s treatment plan. Unique factors, such as the number of veneers, placement location, and the amount of tooth preparation necessary will determine the final cost estimate. Rest assured that you will know the full cost prior to starting any treatment.