Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?
If you are unhappy with your teeth, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. This relatively new approach can make a difference in the appearance of your teeth and even your dental health.
The Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are generally used for two purposes. They can greatly improve the way teeth look, and they can protect teeth from further damage.
When they are properly cared for, veneers can last up to thirty years. They do not require special upkeep. Basic dental hygiene and avoiding foods that can cause the veneers to crack or chip will help them stay in excellent condition for many years.
Modern veneers look completely natural. When they are correctly applied and cared for, no one will know it is not your own natural tooth.
Broken, chipped, or decayed teeth can be protected by porcelain veneers. However a tooth is damaged, further damage can be prevented.
The Drawbacks Of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are not always the best option for everyone. In some cases, they are used when other forms of treatment would be more appropriate. As examples, veneers should not be used as a substitute for orthodontic work, or as a replacement for basic teeth whitening.
A second drawback is the need to place some restrictions on your diet. A veneer can become damaged if you eat hard foods that cause it to chip. This will result in the need to replace the veneer.
There are other reasons it may become necessary to replace veneers. One is if the gums begin to shrink. Another is the habit of tooth grinding. Either of these issues can mean additional visits to the dentist to have veneers replaced.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
Before your dentist can apply a veneer, your tooth must be prepared. A small amount of tooth enamel will be scraped away. While this is a simple procedure, you can request local anesthesia if you wish.
Next, your dentist will use dental putty to determine the exact size and shape of the veneer. The veneer itself will be made in a dental laboratory.
After the veneer has been made, your dentist will fit it to your tooth. When you are happy with the way it looks and feels, your dentist will clean the tooth and apply the veneer with a special cement. He will clean and polish the tooth, remove excess cement, and check both your bite and the tooth’s appearance.
Your dentist will ask you to return for a follow-up visit. He wants to make sure you are happy with the results.
Only your dentist can determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. Veneers can result in a nicer smile and healthier teeth so give us a call today to learn more.