Short of movie stars, not many people have perfect teeth. Surprise — the movie stars don’t have perfect teeth, either. They have porcelain veneers covering their dental problems.
In reality, everyone has something wrong with their teeth. It may be a chipped tooth, misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, uneven or crooked teeth, or severely stained teeth. Fixing this assortment of issues structurally can be a daunting and expensive task. But they can be addressed cosmetically with porcelain veneers.
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What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers get their name from furniture at the Boca IKEA. OK, maybe not exactly, but the idea is the same. On a piece of furniture, often a higher quality wood shell covers up lesser wood beneath. Veneers do the same thing on teeth — cover up imperfections. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded onto the front surfaces of the teeth to cover up any imperfections and dramatically improve the patient’s smile. Dr. Steier provides porcelain veneers to completely reshape and beautify a patient’s smile.
Why Porcelain Veneers?
If the patient’s teeth are in overall good health, porcelain veneers offer a solution to various dental imperfections without extended treatment times and at a far lower cost. Veneers are used to conceal crooked, chipped, misshapen, or severely stained or yellowed teeth. And they can do all this in just two visits to our offices.
It is important to note, however, that veneers are cosmetic only. They cannot cover problems such as decay, and they cannot be placed on fractured or weak teeth. Any problems with your teeth need to be addressed before even considering veneers.
What Can I Expect During My Porcelain Veneer Procedure?
During your first visit Dr. Steier, your teeth are prepared for the veneers. About ½ millimeter of enamel is removed from each tooth that will receive a veneer. This is needed to make room for the veneers. This also makes a good adhesive surface for the veneers to attach to. Now it’s time to take impressions of your teeth with the enamel removed. These impressions, along with photos, will provide the blueprint for the dental lab to create your veneers. It usually takes one to two weeks to fabricate your veneers. If your teeth look very unsightly after we remove the enamel, we can place temporary veneers.
When your veneers are ready, you return for your second office visit. Dr. Steier checks each veneer for size and color match with the adjacent natural teeth. Some trimming may be necessary. Once satisfied with the fit, the veneers are bonded onto your teeth.
It’s important to understand that porcelain veneers are not a single one-and-done procedure. Because some of your enamel is removed from your natural teeth, they need to have veneers covering the tooth surfaces where the enamel was removed…forever. So, when your set of veneers begins to deteriorate in around 10 years, it will be necessary to get a new set of veneers at that time.
Schedule a Consultation
Just because you have problems with your teeth such as a space or two between teeth, don’t think you have to devote endless hours and unseen cash to fix them. Porcelain veneers with Dr. Steier can be a great cosmetic solution. Contact us at (561)395-3190 to make an appointment.