What Inquiring Minds Want to Know About Porcelain Veneers
Have you been considering restoring your smile with porcelain veneers? But, you’re hesitant to proceed with treatment because you don’t understand the process. You have so many questions. Will it work for me? How do they stay on my teeth? It’s okay, I’ve got the answers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. Veneers allow you to change the shape, color, and size of your teeth. Veneers are stain-resistant and aesthetically pleasing.
Tooth Conditions That Can Benefit From Veneers:
- Discolored teeth that can’t be whitened
- Worn, chipped, or broken teeth
- Uneven, slightly misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Teeth with gaps between them
What to Expect When You Get Veneers
Consultation — At your consultation, your teeth will be examined. We will review your x-rays and possibly make impressions of your teeth. You’ll explain to the dentist the results you want to achieve.The dentist takes all of this information to make sure that veneers are appropriate for your needs.You’ll be educated about the procedure and the dentist will plan your treatment.
Preparation — We will remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This is necessary to prepare your tooth for placement of the veneer. Then, impressions are sent to the laboratory along with your tooth shade to make your veneer. Generally, it takes two to four weeks to receive your veneers back from the lab.
Bonding — We will examine and adjust the veneer to get a proper fit and color. To prepare your tooth for bonding of the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched. Etching roughens the tooth surface to prepare for cementation. Cement is applied to the veneer and placed on your tooth. A special light helps the cement harden. Then adjustments are made.
You may need to return for follow-up in a couple weeks to check your gums and the position of the veneer. Porcelain veneers usually last seven to 15 years with proper care. Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily.
For your smile,