If your smile isn’t as bright and white as it used to be, and you’re tired of spending money on over-the-counter or professional whitening treatments, porcelain veneers may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Veneers can be used to help give you a brighter, whiter, and healthier looking smile. This dental restoration is also an excellent choice if you’re hoping to restore your smile in time for an upcoming wedding or other special occasion.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are special shells that cover the front surface of your visible teeth in order to enhance their appearance. These porcelain shells are bonded to the teeth itself, providing a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening procedures. They are also a more cost-effective alternative to dental crowns, and are a quick and inexpensive way to improve the look and shape of your teeth, while also helping to strengthen your tooth structure.
What dental issues can porcelain veneers fix?
Porcelain veneers offer a way to fix a variety of dental issues, in addition to improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to help fix:
- Teeth that are worn, chipped, or broken
- Teeth that are uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that have become discolored due to prescription medications such as tetracycline or excessive fluoride use
What is involved with getting porcelain veneers?
First, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure that you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. They may also need to take x-rays or make impressions of your teeth. Once you have been determined to be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, you dentist will prepare the teeth by removing around half a millimeter of your tooth enamel. They will then make a model of your teeth that will be sent to a laboratory where your veneers will be made. The process of constructing your veneers will take between one to two weeks.
During your second appointment, you dentist will shape and trim your veneers to fit your teeth snugly. Your teeth will also be cleaned and etched. Your dentist will apply special dental cement to the teeth, and the veneer will be adhered to the tooth. A special light will be used in order to harden the cement quickly. Once the cement has hardened, your dentist will remove any excess cement before assessing your bite.
How long does a porcelain veneer last?
When cared for properly, your porcelain veneers can last between five and 10 years before needing to be replaced. While veneers are stain resistant, you will need to continue following good oral hygiene practices, and avoid any foods that are known to stain teeth. You will also need to adhere to a regular schedule of visits to your dentist for checkups and cleaning.
If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, email or call the professionals at Kenneth Hill DDS today. Our staff can help restore your smile to a stunning white appearance.