Porcelain veneers can be used to correct a number of cosmetic flaws by changing the shape, color or length of your teeth. They are designed to cover the front of the teeth like thin shells, though they are extremely durable and natural-looking. During the procedure, the veneers are custom-fit to the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. They are then permanently bonded to the teeth using a safe, high-tech polymer resin. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct:
- Discolored teeth – this can be caused from root canal treatment, tetracycline stains, too much fluoride, or massive resin fillings.
- Crooked teeth or gaps in between teeth.
- Worn down teeth or damaged from friction
- Uneven, oddly shaped teeth that possess holes, crevices, or craters.
When beginning the dental veneer process, keep in mind this will be completed in 3 separate visits.
The first visit includes tooth diagnosis along with planning your treatment. Obviously you and your dentist need to determine the best option for you and you’ll use this time to evaluate the process. Be open and honest with your dentist about your expectations and desires to ensure he doesn’t disappoint. Your dentist may ask you to participate in some x-rays as well so they have a better understanding of your mouth.
During your second visit, preparation begins. Once you’ve determined if an anesthetic is necessary, the dentist will remove about 1/2 mm of tooth enamel is removed from your tooth’s surface in order to install the veneer. A model or impression of your mouth is then created to ensure proper fitting and comfort. After the impression has been at the laboratory for a week or 2, you’ll be ready you final appointment. If you prefer to invest in temporary veneers while you wait, these are typically available for a additional cost.
The final step of the process begins with cold verification. If a color adjustment needs to be made, the dentist can use the cement to adjust the shade of the veneers. In order to solidify a secure bond, your teeth with then be polished, etched, and cleaned. Your teeth need to have a rough texture so the cement, veneer, and tooth bond properly. Once they are in place, your dentist will use a beam of light that activates the cement chemicals and causes the veneers to harden into place. Once he removes extra cement surround the install, you dentist will ask you for questions and schedule you a follow-up visit in the near future.
Porcelain veneers look, act and feel like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers have the ability to resist stains a lot better than resin veneers while effectively reacting to light. Along with good oral hygiene, you can expect veneers to stay bright and strong for more than a decade!