Everyone has at least one flaw in their teeth. Whether it’s a chip, a crack, a gap, or some discoloration, everyone has something! As some procedures could involve extensive procedures to cover up these flaws, porcelain veneers can provide that entirely! With porcelain veneers, you will leave our office with the smile of your dreams!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells placed onto the front surfaces of your natural teeth to alter the tooth position, shape, size, and color. Veneers provide an aesthetic solution to various tooth imperfections that would take time to correct with procedures such as placing crowns on teeth or moving them with orthodontics. At Sullivan Dental Center, we only use porcelain for our veneers because its appearance closely resembles that of natural tooth enamel. When your teeth are covered with porcelain veneers, you have a perfect, beautiful smile.
Benefits of Veneers
What is the benefit of having a perfect smile? That’s what our patients gain when we place porcelain veneers on their teeth. This treatment can truly transform a smile that was formerly marred by tetracycline staining, chips on teeth, gaps between teeth, and the like.
Plus, the veneers look completely natural. This is because Dr. Sullivan only uses porcelain. Dental porcelain has high strength, hardness, glassiness, is very durable and is highly resistant to staining. Also, the translucence of porcelain very closely resembles natural tooth enamel in the way it absorbs and reflects light.
What Issues Can porcelain veneers Fix?
It’s important to note that porcelain veneers are only cosmetic treatments; they do not correct underlying problems such as decay and deep cracks. Also, if a patient has signs of gum disease that must be addressed before veneers can be applied.
That said, porcelain veneers are the ultimate restoration for:
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
Veneers before and after
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 Vs. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding uses composite resin to cover flaws on teeth. At Sullivan Dental Center, we use bonding usually on just a tooth or two. Although we can apply veneers to just a couple of teeth, patients usually want a full set to make their entire smile perfect. Porcelain is closer in appearance to natural tooth enamel than composite resin.
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Dental Veneers Recovery
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.
How do I care for my porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special cleaning or maintenance at home, just regular brushing and flossing. While you can eat basically whatever you like, you may want to avoid things such as candy apples or chewing on bones, as veneers can sometimes detach.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
A set of porcelain veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. This sounds like a wide range, but the longevity of a set of veneers is dependent upon the health of the underlying teeth and gums. If a veneer does come off for some reason, in most cases it can be reattached.
You do need to know that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because the placement requires shaving the enamel off the fronts of the teeth, those teeth will forevermore need to be covered with veneers. So, once your veneers have reached their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set placed.
Do veneers stain?
Dental porcelain is highly resistant to staining. It actually stains less than natural tooth enamel, so you can be confident that your veneers will look great for years and years.