posted by Muse Dental Group 22/12/2020
If you have missing teeth or wish to perfect your smile, porcelain veneers are a fantastic choice. These custom-made shells are bonded to the teeth in a non-invasive procedure that produces long-lasting, semi-permanent results.
In this article, we will discuss the following:
Porcelain veneers often referred to as just veneers, are custom shells that are placed over the teeth to restore their appearance.
With custom veneers, a dentist can cosmetically fix the size, shape, and color of a patient's teeth.
There are several reasons a patient may choose to get porcelain veneers. They include:
While veneers can be made from a range of substances, such as resin and composite, porcelain veneers are often the most durable choice for several reasons, which will be discussed in the next section.
As previously mentioned, porcelain veneers have several benefits that make them more desirable than veneers made of alternative materials.
First, porcelain veneers offer many cosmetic benefits, including covering chips or cracks in your teeth. Without the need for an expensive implant, veneers can make the surface of your teeth smooth and straight.
Not all cosmetic uses of veneers are a response to external trauma. They can also be used to fix discoloration and fill gaps between teeth.
Additionally, porcelain veneers are the most resistant to staining. A number of foods, such as wine and coffee, have the potential to stain veneers, as they often stain our natural teeth. Unlike veneers made of other materials, such as resin, porcelain veneers are less likely to stain from such foods.
Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they look the most natural, having a shiny finish that is similar to natural teeth.
Next, getting veneers is a non-invasive procedure that does not require expensive surgery with a long recovery period.
Additionally, unlike other cosmetic dentistry procedures, like bridges, veneers do not require a large amount of the natural enamel to be removed. While the enamel must be shaped for the veneer to fit properly, there is no need for large portions of the enamel, which does not grow back, to be removed.
Finally, dental veneers can be easily maintained. Although they require good dental hygiene, which is always recommended, they are resistant to staining and can be maintained as normal teeth would be.
All you have to do is brush and floss your teeth twice a day as you normally would!
Overall, veneers have a very long lifespan, lasting anywhere from 7 to 15 years, making them the perfect semi-permanent option for any patient looking to restore their smile.
Since porcelain veneers are customized, there are a number of steps in the procedure.
The first step is a consultation with your dentist, where he or she will determine if veneers are right for your case. For example, veneers are not a good option for those with severe gum disease or periodontitis.
During this consultation, your dentist will also take x-rays and impressions, or molds, of your teeth to create veneers that fit properly.
Next, your dentist will prepare your teeth for the veneers. This will include reshaping your natural tooth and enamel.
Additionally, if an impression of your teeth has not already been taken, your dentist will take an impression. This will be sent to the lab for your veneers to be created. This process takes anywhere from two to four weeks.
Next, your dentist will fit the veneers to your teeth and adjust it where it is necessary to provide the best fit. This may include reshaping the veneer or adjusting its color.
Before the veneer is permanently bonded, your teeth will be fully cleaned and etched.
Finally, your dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth with special cement and shine a light on the teeth to harden the veneer.
If your dentist determines that veneers are not the best solution for your case, there are a number of alternatives to consider.
To help restore the look and functionality of your teeth, you can also get a crown or bridge.
A crown is a cap placed on a broken or damaged tooth to help restore it. Crowns help prevent the need for an extraction or dental implant and provide patients with a beautiful smile.
A bridge takes the place of a missing tooth by anchoring a prosthetic tooth to the other existing teeth in the mouth. This helps restore the look of a patient’s smile without the need for surgical procedures.
If you are looking to restore your teeth or achieve that perfect smile, make an appointment with your dentist at Muse Dental!
The dentists at Muse Dental will evaluate your case and create custom veneers that will transform your smile!
Here at Muse Dental, we want to help you maintain your oral health and provide you with the best care possible. If you are looking into getting veneers and perfecting your smile, schedule an appointment with us today!
We’d love to have you for a checkup at Muse Dental Group with Dr. G. Bardakjian. He will evaluate your oral health and will ensure your veneers and customized and placed with the utmost care.
Your smile is in great hands at Muse Dental Group!