Porcelain Laminate veneers, also called porcelain veneers, are thin, custom-made sheets of tooth-colored porcelain designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change their color, shape, size, or length.
Veneers may be a good cosmetic dentistry option for you if you have:
- Teeth that are discolored due to root canal treatment, permanent stains caused by taking certain prescription drugs or excessive fluoride, or the presence of large fillings
- Teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
Veneers are not suitable for every patient, and teeth bleaching or whitening may be more suitable for those patients who have healthy teeth but want them to be whiter. However, the porcelain laminates can create the foundation for a perfect smile for many people.
ADVANTAGES OF GETTING PORCELAIN VENEERS
Porcelain veneers provide a natural tooth appearance and are durable and stain resistant. They are biocompatible as porcelain is well tolerated by the gum tissue. They also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Veneers offer a less invasive alternative to crowns since they don’t require extensive shaping prior to placement, yet provide a more aesthetic appearance. Most importantly, dental veneers are an excellent option for quickly achieving a beautiful, white smile and correcting flawed teeth.
PORCELAIN DENTAL VENEERS PROCEDURE
At Elite dental Clinics, you can get dental veneers in three appointments – one for a consultation, and the other two to make and apply the veneers. During your consultation, your teeth will be examined by our specialist to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you, possibly take digital X-rays, and discuss what the procedure will involve and its benefits and considerations.
During your first veneer appointment, Dr. your teeth will be prepared by removing a minimal amount of their outer enamel, so that veneers could be added to the tooth surface. We use local anesthetic and a refined technique to ensure painless treatment. Impressions of your teeth will be taken and give you a chance to participate in the design of your veneers, including shape, length, width and color. Immediately, the impressions of your teeth will be sent to a dental laboratory that makes permanent porcelain veneers. During your second veneer appointment, the veneers will be tried on and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers will be temporarily placed on your teeth to achieve the proper fit. Next, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to prepare them for bonding. Once bonded, your bite will be evaluated and the final adjustments made. You may be asked to return for a follow-up visit to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneers.
DENTAL VENEERS BEFORE AND AFTER
After your teeth have been prepared and before your permanent veneers have been applied, your teeth may become more sensitive to cold food and drinks. Using a straw for cold drinks can help. You should also brush your teeth regularly to avoid staining and remember to floss since gum problems may compromise bonding the porcelain veneers on permanently.
Once veneers have been placed, they will be smooth and will function in the same way as natural teeth, and you can enjoy your regular diet and nutrition. However, veneers are not indestructible. To protect your veneers from chipping, avoid biting down into hard substances and avoid bad habits such as chewing on fingernails or pencils, and grinding your teeth.