If you are unhappy with the appearance of unsightly teeth, porcelain veneers may be the solution you need to improve your smile.
If you have discolored, cracked or worn out teeth, dental veneers can cover up imperfections and add strength to damaged enamel. In addition, porcelain veneers can be used to correct teeth misalignments and uneven spacing.
Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain or composite material that gets placed over a damaged tooth surface. This is not a reversible cosmetic option because the application requires some tooth stripping to make room for the restoration.
How are Dental Veneers Placed?
To apply a porcelain veneer, your dentist will first prepare the tooth by stripping away some of the structure. While your permanent veneer is being created, you will wear a temporary film.
You might experience some tooth sensitivity after your dental veneer is placed because a portion of your protective enamel has been removed. However, it will not take long before the sensitivity subsides.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Tooth colored porcelain veneers are aesthetically appealing, they look like natural teeth, they protect tooth enamel, and can eliminate the need for additional treatments, like dental crowns. Dental Veneers are strong and durable, and they require less tooth reduction than crowns.
Are Veneers Always Included in a Smile Makeover?
Not always. You and your dentist will decide which cosmetic procedures will help you achieve your goals during your initial consultation. Smile makeover suggestions are based on your vision and what tooth problems need to be corrected or treated. Your smile makeover may include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, gingival sculpting, or bonding.
Maintaining Your Dental Veneers
You can practice the same oral hygiene routine you regularly would to maintain your good dental health. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at once daily. Porcelain veneers are gentle on the gums and you don’t have to worry about causing damage to the veneers with regular brushing with a non-abrasive paste and flossing.
How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Dental veneers can provide strength and durability to damaged teeth for up to 20 years. The veneer will not change, but the gum tissue and attached tooth may change over the years. If the gum line starts to shrink, the veneer may need to be replaced or rebounded.