Teeth are arguably one of a person’s most prominent facial features. It is no wonder that they can be a cause of self-consciousness, especially if they are not as picture perfect as the ones depicted in the media. Porcelain veneers provide a solution to this dilemma. They are thin covers of dental porcelain bonded to teeth in order to improve appearance. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure ideal for those looking to fix teeth that are stained, chipped, crooked, or teeth with gaps in-between them.
Why Porcelain Veneers?
A Natural Look
There are a wide variety of options in the dental industry aimed at beautifying teeth. This choice sets itself apart from the rest by being one of the most customizable options. Veneers are made to match the specific tooth they are designated for, and are hardly noticeable. The material of the shell-like coverings reflect light, are semi-translucent, and are made to match a tooth’s natural colour and undertones, which allow them to blend into a tooth seamlessly. They are also extremely durable, and generally last between ten to fifteen years.
Better Than the Real Deal
If they are cared for properly, veneers should function just like any other set of natural teeth. Yet, porcelain veneers have many qualities that make them superior to a natural tooth. They are stronger and more resilient than the enamel of a natural tooth. For the coffee or tea fanatic, porcelain veneers have the added appeal of being resistant to coffee and tea stains. For the teeth that simply refuse to whiten, veneers are available to turn even the most discoloured tooth into an ideal one. Veneers are also used to shape teeth into enhanced versions of themselves.
Porcelain veneers are also perfect for those uninterested in making drastic changes to their appearance. One can choose however many veneers they desire, whether it be a veneer for one tooth, or a full set for the entire mouth. Those with only one damaged tooth often get one, but there are also many who get between six to eight in order to achieve a more symmetrical smile. Compared to crowns, porcelain veneers require less adjustments to a tooth in order to be placed. At most, a dentist will have to shave off mere millimetres of a tooth in the process of prepping it, though they are generally able to commence the process after removing a far smaller amount. Veneers are a less intrusive alternative to crowns, which require many follow ups and adjustments in order to be effective. Despite porcelain veneers being thin, they are just as durable as any dental crown.
The recovery process for veneers is generally shorter than for other aesthetic dental procedures. In other words, you can quickly return to daily life without much hassle after receiving veneers. Their soundness may also reduce or even eliminate the need for other, more time-consuming dental treatments. On the occasion that one is not satisfied with their veneers or if they are uncomfortable in any manner, the placed veneers can be altered, for instance by filing, at a later appointment.
Preparing for Veneers
In order to get porcelain veneers, there is a process one must go through in order to ensure the best possible results. The first step is a dental appointment where details, such as how many veneers will be placed, if touch ups to the teeth are needed before the veneers, and if your teeth are healthy enough to receive veneers are discussed. Also at this meeting, the dentist will likely help with the selection of the veneers’ colours as well as provide cosmetic imaging that can model how the veneers are expected to turn out. If the conditions are met, the tooth is also prepared at this time. This part of the process involves the dentist shaving off minimal amounts of tooth enamel so that there is space for the veneer to be placed. After the necessary preparations have been made, then the treatment for the placing of the veneer will begin.
Placement of the Veneers
There are a number of steps that must be followed before a veneer can be bonded to a tooth. To get the porcelain veneer, the dentist will take an impression of their client’s tooth and have it sent to a laboratory that will produce the veneer. Until then, the client will be fitted with a temporary veneer. When the time comes to place the veneer on the tooth, the dentist must clean the recipient’s teeth in order to prevent decay caused by bacteria. Then, they roughen the tooth’s surface so that the veneer will better stick. After all this, an adhesive is applied that binds the veneer to the tooth. After the veneer has dried and cured, it can be reshaped as necessary.