What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Porcelain Veneers are great option for teeth with the following imperfections:
- Uneven surfaces
- Oddly shaped
- Unevenly spaced
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects such as teeth stained by tetracycline, damage due to an injury, and/or results of a root-canal procedure. They are also ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Vs. Dental Bonding
Porcelain Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability in comparison to dental bonding. They are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. They are usually irreversible, because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the new shell.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
During the final “bonding” visit, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
This visit will last from one to two hours and require little to no anesthesia.
Porcelain Veneers before and after Photos
What to expect after Porcelain veneer procedure
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.