Cosmetic dentistry is much more commonplace with many procedures readily available to correct dental stain, uneven or crooked dentition, unwanted gaps between teeth, gum recession, and chipped or broken teeth. Porcelain veneers have the capability to treat many dental maladies.
Veneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are made to be affixed to the front of teeth requiring correction. Porcelain veneers are suitable to treat one or numerous teeth. A consultation with your dentist to determine what repairs interest you is the first step to a smile makeover that may involve porcelain veneers.
Once determined which teeth are to be treated, a very thin amount of enamel is removed from those teeth (about the thickness of the veneer itself). This is done so that when cemented in place all teeth will be even in symmetry.
Dental impressions will be taken. These will be sent to the dental lab for the veneers to be made. Since veneers can take several weeks to be fabricated, your dentist will place a temporary veneer on treated teeth.
The veneers are made from porcelain, which is stain resistant. It is important to note that porcelain will not respond to teeth whitening so if your smile makeover includes teeth whitening, that should be the first step. You should wait about two weeks following whitening so your dentist can match your veneers to the ultimate shade you achieved with whitening.
When ready to be placed, your dentist will try each veneer on; small adjustments can be made at this time if necessary. When appearance and function are approved, your dentist will clean each tooth, apply an acid etch that will rough up the surface of the tooth to allow for better adherence and the veneer will be cemented in place. A laser or curing light will be used to expedite drying. All excess cement will be removed, and the procedure is complete.
Certain precautions should be taken to prevent breaking a veneer … do not bite into hard or chewy foods with veneer treated teeth. It should be noted that veneers are a permanent treatment; once enamel has been removed it cannot be restored.
Caring for teeth treated with veneers is no different than all your teeth; brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months for cleaning, polishing, and a dental exam.