What is Porcelain Veneers?
Today we’re going to talk about porcelain veneers. Did you know that a recent Dear Doctor survey found that over 80% of people are dissatisfied with their smiles? If you are unhappy with your smile, porcelain veneers may be right for you. Unlike dental crowns, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin layers of super-strong porcelain. When bonded to your teeth, they can create a natural looking, beautiful new surface.
Porcelain veneers do for your smile what replacement siding does for your home. Sometimes the surface of a house becomes weathered and worn, and a makeover with new siding can do wonders. The same is true for your smile. To increase your “curb appeal”, you can simply replace the visible surface of your teeth, an instant improvement that makes a big difference. So, how do you achieve this? You first need a consultation with a dentist who performs cosmetic procedures to decide whether porcelain veneers are right for you. This will include a discussion of your goals and objectives, and what you like and dislike about your smile.
Porcelain veneers can correct many cosmetic problems. They can improve the size, shape, and color of teeth. They can also close spaces between teeth as well as lengthen or shorten teeth. Not bad for such a tiny layer of material! There are two types of veneers: Traditional and No-prep. Traditional veneers are extremely versatile and the most commonly used technique. Your dentist will prepare the tooth for the veneer by removing a small portion of the surface enamel, creating room for a new layer of porcelain. Because enamel is removed, this treatment is not reversible. No-prep or prep less veneers do not require any surface removal and are therefore reversible. These ultra-thin coverings are bonded onto your existing tooth enamel.
However, there are limitations to this procedure. Your dentist will advise you on which type is best for you. Sometimes a combination of both techniques is required. Minor orthodontics and/or whitening may also be helpful to achieve the optimal result. Your dentist will explain your treatment options, estimate how long it will take, and of course, what it will cost. There are even ways for you to preview your new smile before the final work is done! Once you and your dentist have agreed upon a plan of action, the dentist will work with a skilled laboratory technician to artistically create each veneer.
Rest assured that either procedure is virtually painless and can be completed in as little as two visits. Best of all, your new veneers should appeal completely natural. Although they are super-strong, porcelain veneers are not indestructible. You should avoid hard and sticky foods. If you grind your teeth at night, wear a night guard to protect your beautiful new smile. With proper care, your porcelain veneers can last 20 years or more. Schedule an appointment with a dentist to learn more about the exciting possibilities of a smile enhanced with veneers.
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