More About Porcelain Veneers

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry describe veneers as a thin piece of porcelain placed over a tooth to re-create it’s natural look and to provide it strength and resilience, very much comparable to the original enamel of the tooth. Every veneer is custom made to your tooth or teeth and they are bonded to that tooth.

Why Chose a Porcelain Veneer

For most of us our smile is an asset that we take for granted. But, either through an unfortunate accident or if the tooth or teeth have become stained or chipped the smile inevitably changes. Worn, dull enamel happens over time and genetics can come into play as well. Veneers can also be used to close gaps and correct small misalignments with your teeth. So you can straighten your smile and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers.

A Big Decision

Porcelain veneers are an irreversible treatment. Unlike a bridge they cannot be removed. So placing a veneer is a big decision. You and your dentist need to discuss the process, the cost, and the outcome prior to making the commitment to acquiring porcelain veneers. Although an expensive alternative, they can boast protective qualities and might eliminate other extensive treatments. Their durability is often overlooked as well as a feature or attribute.

The Process of Placing the Porcelain Veneers

The first step is to create an impression of your teeth. This will be the roadmap or guide for the dental lab that will be fabricating the veneer, or veneers. Then you and your dentist will collaborate on the correct shade the veneer will be made in, or how bright shall it be. Now comes the irreversible part of the equation. The dentist must remove a small amount of the enamel of the tooth to provide room for the veneer. Once the veneer has been delivered from the lab the veneer and the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. An adhesive is placed on the tooth and the veneer is cemented in place. A high intensity light will be used to cure the adhesive and then the porcelain veneer will be polished and any excess material removed.

Proper Care of Porcelain Veneers

Most dentists will want to see you again to examine the veneers for comfort. The life expectancy of the porcelain veneers now totally depends on you, your diet, and your oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers can last between 10 and 15 years. You may want to dial back stain inducing foods, coffee or red wine. If you use tobacco products they will only continue to stain as well. Proper oral hygiene, brushing well twice a day and flossing once a day, is recommended by the health industries for all adults and children. Also, twice a year examinations by your dentist is part of the care package. The dentist will clean your teeth and collect x-rays to make sure you have healthy teeth below the soft tissue. Of course, you will rediscover your beautiful smile and be rewarded with the self confidence that comes with that smile.

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