Porcelain veneers, or porcelain laminates, are thin porcelain shells which fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers have the ability to mask unappealing stains while being translucent to appear entirely real. Porcelain veneers are the most commonly used cosmetic procedure for smile makeovers and are used to mask imperfections like stains and discolouration; chipped, broken, cracked, misshapen, uneven, crooked, small and gapped teeth alike can all be improved with porcelain veneers. Like fake pressed on fingernails, they are affixed with an adhesive to the front surfaces of teeth.
What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers solve the same types of problems as bonding – chips, gaps, stains, discolorations, and crooked teeth; however, the veneers have the additional advantage of strength and support. Veneers are relatively maintenance-free and are much more durable than bonding. If very dark stains need to be masked or if existing porcelain crowns need to be matched, porcelain veneers may be the treatment of choice. Porcelain veneers can also correct misaligned, worn, short and uneven teeth.
Porcelain veneers require two office visits because of the laboratory work involved. Minimal shaping is required to create space for the veneer. Typically there is one week between appointments, although special arrangements can be made for a shorter waiting time.
What is the procedure for porcelain veneers?
Before choosing a cosmetic procedure like porcelain veneers, we meet with patients at our dental office for a consultation. The consultation is for you and the doctor to meet so that you have all the infromation you need before undergoing the procedure. A full examination of the teeth and gums is then performed to determine if you are a candidate that is fit for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and made to withstand the test of time. First, the teeth are minimally prepared a digital scan is taken, and a provisional may be fabricated. At the insert appointment, the veneers are tried in and evaluated for fit and aesthetics before they are bonded into place. Once they are bonded into place, they are considered to be permanent and part of your teeth.
Caring for veneers requires some common sense caution. Avoid biting into anything excessively hard because it can damage your veneers. Anything that can damage your natural teeth can also damage your dentistry. If you grind or clench your teeth, wear a mouthguard. Good home hygiene and professional dentistry that includes regular check-ups and cleanings are part of the preventive recommendations necessary to get the most out of your cosmetic dentistry investment.