We enjoy helping our patients at our general and cosmetic dentistry practice attain a smile they love. One of the ways we can do this is with porcelain veneer treatment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin “jackets” that are adhered to the front surface of teeth. These covers are made in a dental lab using a model of the prepared tooth or teeth as a guide. In addition to creating cohesion within the smile with lifelike material, porcelain veneers can also add resilience to teeth due to their resemblance to natural enamel.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to dental crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Many adults choose smile enhancement that involves porcelain veneers. This is because the veneer process sets the stage for longevity and natural beauty. Porcelain veneers are chosen for many reasons, and are able to correct issues ranging from small gaps in between teeth to stains that are resistant to teeth whitening. Veneers are custom-made to any shape and shade needed, which means this treatment can make teeth appear longer than they are naturally, wider, more symmetrical, and even straighter.
Reasons for Dental Veneers
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
- Crooked teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Most adults who have good oral health are excellent candidates for porcelain veneers. Prior to the commencement of treatment, we perform a thorough dental exam to assess the condition of teeth and gums. If necessary, we may perform restorative treatment before moving on to the cosmetic aspect of care. There is good reason to address general dental problems before getting veneers. Poor oral health creates a risk of infection and of short lifespan of veneers.
What Are Veneers Made From?
General dental veneers may be made from composite resin. Our preference is to perform cosmetic enhancement with porcelain veneers. Dental porcelain is one of the most durable products available today, and it also has the closest resemblance to natural enamel. This means that, when you smile, your teeth will look transparent at the edges. Your teeth will interact with light in a way that radiates warmth and friendliness from your smile.
Porcelain Veneers Before and After
Dental Veneers Process
A smile makeover that involves porcelain veneers will take place over two or more visits. After the initial consultation for veneers, we will perform any necessary restorative work. If necessary, Dr. Carolina Steier may perform teeth whitening prior to the placement of porcelain veneers to prevent color differentiation between veneered and non-veneered teeth.
Veneer treatment itself begins with minor enamel reduction. This is usually a painless process, but we can perform this step with local anesthetic to guarantee complete comfort. Enamel reduction is a necessary precursor to porcelain veneers because we need to accommodate for the thickness of the new tooth covers. Porcelain veneers are only about as thin as a fingernail, so reduction is minimal.
After reduction has been done, impressions are taken of the teeth we will veneer. The model of relevant teeth acts as a guide for the fabrication of porcelain jackets. Final veneers are manufactured in a dental lab and are typically returned to our office within about 10 days. In the interim, patients may wear temporary veneers to protect prepared tooth surfaces and minimize sensitivity.
A second visit is scheduled for the removal of temporary restorations and the assessment and final placement of porcelain veneers. Before bonding these restorations to teeth, we use temporary adhesive to hold veneers in place while we evaluate their intricate details, including shape, size, color, translucency, and sheen. As needed, we can make refinements during this visit. Bonding of veneers occurs once we are completely satisfied with appearance.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Veneers can have a very long – or very short – lifespan. There are a number of factors involved in the longevity of these cosmetic restorations. One of the most important is how you take care of your new smile. With good care, it is not uncommon for veneers to last decades.
Dental Veneers Maintenance & Care
The maintenance of porcelain veneers is relatively simple: just brush and floss your teeth daily as recommended by your dentist. If you clench and grind your teeth (bruxism), we may recommend that you wear a nightguard while you sleep to minimize the pressure of this habit on your veneers and surrounding gum tissue. Routine dental care is also necessary to periodically check up on the integrity of the bond of veneers.
Schedule A Consultation
Ultimately, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to create natural-looking beauty in each tooth. Porcelain veneer treatment makes this a possibility. For more information, call our Boca Raton office at (561) 395-3190.