What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers definitely are a fine shells from ceramic material which are being bonded at the front of your tooth. They are used to brighten teeth, mask discoloration, and to improve the smile. They are a great restorative choice for improving the appearance of your teeth.
What can I expect from my porcelain veneer procedure and what are the risks?
This procedure can greatly enhance your smile and self-esteem. You can also expect that, aesthetically, veneers have a pleasing naturalness feeling of your teeth. But you should understand that they are not perfect replacements for your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are shaded from the top to the bottom just as with natural teeth. If they were all one color they would look false, like Chiclets. Porcelain veneers are shade stable and their color will not change. Some people experience minor sensitivity after the teeth have been prepared for veneers and while wearing the temporary veneers. If you feel any changes in the way you speak, please call your dentist. Your dentist can make minor adjustments to your veneers to correct this.
When is a porcelain veneer restoration recommended?
- Alternative for certain Orthodontic braces. For instance, when your front teeth were slightly crooked, misaligned, and/or rotated.
- For the repairs of all old crowns as well as bridgework on a specific situations.
- For the elimination of gaps between teeth.
- As an alternative to crowns to change tooth color, size, or shape.
- For treating severe teeth discoloration. For example, teeth stained by tetracycline, by injury, and for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
How is it done?
The procedure is fairly simple but, for the comfort of the patient, we almost always use a local anesthetic. The procedure usually requires three to four appointments from diagnosis to treatment planning, teeth preparation, and completion.
In the diagnostic step, we will conduct a comprehensive examination of your mouth, including all the necessary X-rays, analysis of your bite, and analysis of the proportions of your teeth forming the esthetic zone, incisal guidance, and canine rise. A diagnostic wax-up will be made of the finished smile so you can have input and tell us how you want your smile to look. The wax-up makes this part of the process easier for the patient as well as for the dentist and the lab technician. The more you can tell us what you want the finished product to be the easier it is for us to deliver exactly what you want.
In the next step, we prepare your teeth for veneering. The teeth are shaped in accordance with the diagnostic wax-up. About 0.5 mm-0.7 mm of tooth structure is removed and then replaced by the added thickness of the veneer. The next step is bonding of veneers to your teeth. First of all, we place the veneers on your teeth in order to check if it fits as well as getting a proper sense of shade or of its color. At this time, we request that you view it and provide us input on the aesthetic results, especially the color.
Can porcelain veneers get stained due to extend use—especially with the use of tea, coffee, red wine, or tobacco products?
A major advantage of using porcelain veneers as opposed to cosmetic dental bonding materials is that the porcelain veneer’s surface is made of porcelain. Since porcelain is a type of ceramic, it is nonporous with non-fading permanent color. Hence, a porcelain veneer’s surface is extremely stain resistant.
Check out this link for more informations: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers