What Is a Porcelain Veneer?
When you don’t like the appearance of your teeth, give our office a call to learn more about the different types of restorations available.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular restorations for the damaged or discolored teeth toward the front of your mouth, and we often recommend these to improve your smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin and lightweight restorations that are customized to match the rest of your teeth precisely so that they are not noticeably different from your other teeth.
Where Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
A veneer is attached to the front of a tooth that shows when you speak or smile, but it is only applied to a tooth that is in good condition. If you have extensive decay or damage to a tooth, then our dentist will suggest other types of restorations.
To ensure that a veneer looks its best, it is a good idea to have your teeth whitened first. Porcelain veneers are designed to last for many years, but you will want the restorations to look natural, and by having your teeth whitened, your entire smile will look better.
How Porcelain Veneers Are Made
First, you must have a dental examination to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy. We will then use medical imaging software to measure your teeth. We will also create molds of your teeth, which are sent to a dental laboratory where a technician designs your veneers.
It can take several days for the veneers to be delivered to our office, so you will need to schedule another appointment.
How a Porcelain Veneer is Applied to a Tooth
After your dental veneer is ready, we will prepare your tooth for the restoration by applying resin cement to hold it in place. The veneer will cover the front of your tooth so that it looks gorgeous and fits perfectly!
It can take a few hours for the resin to dry completely, and you must avoid drinking beverages or eating food during this time. By the next day, you can resume a normal diet, and it is easy to chew food while wearing veneers.
Care of Porcelain Veneers
Dental porcelain may sound as if it is not durable, but this material can last for many years when you are careful. Some dental veneers have lasted for as long as 30 years, but the average time is 10 years.
Of course, you should take good care of your veneers by making sure to protect the restorations while playing contact sports, and avoiding bad habits such as chewing ice cubes.
To prevent stains on your porcelain veneers, don’t consume beverages and foods such as red wine or tomato sauce. Continue to brush your teeth twice a day, and make sure to floss once a day. You should visit our dental office twice a year for a checkup.