Instant Orthodontics: Porcelain Veneers
We live in a world that thrives on instant gratification, but instant orthodontics? It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The good thing is that it’s true, and is made possible by porcelain veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front of your teeth. These are perfect for correcting stained, chipped, and even crooked teeth. Healthline states that veneers aren’t the same as implants or crowns, as veneers only over the front surface of the tooth. Are you interested in the possibility of porcelain veneers? Here are five things they could be used for:
- They instantly brighten your smile: veneers cover lifelong stains caused from food and drink or other causes to give you the pearly whites you long for. It can also help if the stains have been caused by medications you’ve taken or other dental procedures like a root canal.
- Veneers can fix the shape of your teeth and give you the smile shape you’re looking for.
- Current technology makes them life-like. Veneers won’t look fake, instead they’ll look like teeth you have had your entire life, just without the big flaws.
- You can get them to cover up chipped teeth that have happened from playing sports or other accidents. This will help your teeth look smooth and cohesive.
- Crooked teeth? They can give you the straight smile you desire. Veneers can be used to fix teeth that are uneven or misaligned. They can also help close gaps between your teeth.
Once you and your dentist have decided that porcelain veneers are the best treatment option for you, you can then start the process! To prepare your teeth for veneers, their surface will need to be reshaped to best fit the veneer. Then, the dentist will make a model of your tooth which is then sent to a dental laboratory. At the lab, they’ll make your veneers. The making of veneers can take anywhere from two weeks to a month to get them back to your dentist.
The next step is the bonding. Before being permanently placed on your tooth, the veneer will be temporarily placed for the dentist to look at the shape and color. Then, they will trim as needed. They also have the ability to adjust the color while they’re doing this. Once they’re ready, your teeth receiving the veneers will be polished and etched. When a tooth is etched, it’s roughened to allow for a stronger bonding process, according to WebMD. A cement is applied to the veneer and then placed on your tooth. Once on, the dentist will use a light beam that activates the cement and allows it to dry quickly.
To end the process, excess cement will be removed and your teeth will be evaluated to see if you require any additional adjustments.
Disadvantages of Veneers
With every dental procedure there can be risks and other things to make note of. Some disadvantages or veneers include:
- The procedure is irreversible
- They are on the more expensive side
- If they chip or crack themselves they usually can’t be fixed
- Once in place, you can’t fix the color of them
- Individuals with gum disease or other mouth problems, like teeth grinding, might not be a good candidate for veneers
- They can still suffer from decay and harm from chewing hard objects
How Long Do They Last?
Veneers can last anywhere from 7 to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of them. After this time, you will probably need to have them replaced to keep your smile glowing and healthy.
How Do You Take Care of Them?
The good news is that porcelain veneers don’t require any special care! However, it’s only important that you continue to practice oral hygiene skills like:
- Brushing them at least twice a day or after every meal for optimal cleanliness
- Floss at least once a day to ensure you’re getting all food particles out
It is important to keep your veneers thoroughly cleaned. Though they’re hard to stain, your dentist might suggest you stay away from food and drinks that can stain your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene will help the longevity of your veneers. In addition, it will also help prevent gum disease and other problems that arise from poor dental cleaning habits.
If you grind your teeth, it’s important to let your dentist know when you’re getting veneers. The pressure placed on your teeth from the grinding could be damaging to your veneers. If this is a problem you have and you don’t already use a night guard to protect your teeth, this is something you’ll need to help protect your new porcelain veneers.
Dr. Ania and Veneers
Practicing dentistry since 1994, Dr. Ania is skilled and knows how to make you more confident with your smile. If you are interested in the potential of getting veneers, schedule an appointment now to come meet with Dr. Ania to see if you’re a good candidate. Call: 303-872-9940.