What Are Porcelain Veneers?

While most people would love to show off their smiles, the truth is, not everyone is blessed with beautiful and healthy pearly whites. More often than not, people are embarrassed of their smiles, either because they have crooked, chipped or discolored teeth.

The good news is that there are plenty of treatment options available today to help treat all sorts of dental problems, with one of the most popular being porcelain dental veneers.

Why Are They So Popular?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry describes porcelain veneers as a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.”

Porcelain veneers are custom-made according to the specifications of an individual’s teeth and are bonded using a special kind of cement to the tooth’s original enamel. They can be used to treat a variety of dental problems, such as close gaps and small misalignments. In addition to that, porcelain veneers are also an effective cosmetic solution and can be used to make teeth brighter, straighten smiles, and fix fractures, discoloration as well as chips.

Why Porcelain?

While Lumineers and composite resin are other materials used for veneers, dental professionals prefer porcelain veneers and can last for as long as 10 to 20 years.

Placing porcelain veneers is fairly simple and usually take only two appointments. But, if it’s already been prefabricated, it will only take one appointment.

The typical process involves the following:

Note: Depending on the patient’s sensitivity, the dentist may opt to use local anesthesia. But, it’s rarely necessary.

  1. The dentist will clean the tooth and determine the correct shade for the veneer. The dentist then removes a very small amount of the enamel of the tooth to make space for the veneer.
  1. An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a laboratory. Meanwhile, a temporary veneer is placed on the tooth.
  1. After the laboratory has finished making the porcelain veneer, the dentist removes the temporary veneer and cleans the tooth in preparation for the permanent one. Afterwards, the adhesive is then placed.
  1. To ensure proper attachment to the tooth structure, the veneer is light cured for 60 seconds.
  1. The dentist then removes any excess material and polishes the margins for a more presentable look.

Taking Care Of Veneers

Once you’ve had porcelain veneers placed, you don’t really need to make any changes to your usual brushing and flossing routine. Although, dentists will usually recommend that you avoid using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, and limit consumption of coffee and other stain-inducing foods and beverages.

It’s also important to keep in mind that while they’re made to last, veneers will eventually need to be replaced, regardless of how well you take care of them. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral health, because proper oral hygiene is still the best way to make them last as long as possible.

If you’re interested in getting veneers, call Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. James Yankowskas at 978-649-7773. Or visit his website at https://tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com/.