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How Can You Have a Good Smile with Porcelain Veneers?

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Porcelain veneers are like natural tooth enamel, is translucent and tough. But it doesn’t stain as tooth enamel does; veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

What are Porcelain Veneers?  

In cosmetic dentistry, a veneer is a wafer-thin layer of super strong porcelain that convincingly substitutes for natural tooth enamel. 

Recent years, technology has brought remarkable advances in dental porcelain. These days, veneers can be made so thin that they can sometimes be bonded directly to your existing tooth surface. In other cases, a very thin layer of tooth enamel as thin as the veneer itself.

How Can You Have a Good Smile with Porcelain Veneers?
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How do Porcelain veneers improve your teeth?

In addition to wearing and tear.
  •  Teeth that are badly injured,
  • Stained,
  • Badly shaped chipped,
  • Crooked teeth may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.

Creating a new smile with porcelain veneers

The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain veneers is to communicate exactly what you don’t like about your smile as it is now. It’s a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like, as a starting point for discussion. It’s possible to see how veneers would look on your teeth in one of several ways.
A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed; sometimes acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to demonstrate the effect veneers would have on them.
However, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. Once the plan for your new smile has been agreed upon, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel, if this step is necessary. The teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic.
During the same visit, molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a skilled dental laboratory to create your veneers, and you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth during the final “bonding” visit.
During the bonding visit, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth.

To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.

Good oral hygiene. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you should return for a follow-up appointment giving to you by the dental assistant. Porcelain veneers are reasonable face similes of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.

What is the other procedure you can do apart from porcelain veneers?

  • Bondings.
  • Crowns.

How long do dental veneers last?

Veneers generally may last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.

What is the Capability of porcelain veneers?

 Porcelain veneers are used to improve the following characteristics of your teeth:
  •    Colour – Teeth can become stained by the foods and drinks we normally take, even from smoking, and normal aging too.
  • Size and Shape – Teeth can become worn down from Bad oral habits, or may not have the shape or size you want your teeth to have.
  • Alignment and Spacing – Veneers can be used to close small gaps between teeth or make slight corrections (such as microdontia) in alignment while improving tooth color and shape.

What are the Advantages of porcelain veneers?

  • It does not irritate the gum.
  • Aesthetics purposes that is they match the tooth color.
  • It is resistant to abrasion.
  • They are resistant to stain.

What are the Limitations of porcelain veneers?

  • It is irreversible.
  • They are not usually repairable.
  • It may not match the colour of your others teeth.
  • Teeth with porcelain may probably decay.
  • Sensitivity may occur when drinking or eating hot or cold food because part of the enamel is a chip off during the procedure.
  • An individual with bad oral habit may destroy the veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
  • Porcelain veneers are not good for people with gum disease, or periodontal disease

There are some situations in which veneers would be inappropriate. For example, if you have significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, orthodontics might be a more appropriate solution than veneers. And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe bad oral habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth.

How to Care for your porcelain veneers?

Just like natural teeth, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. 

And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples which aren’t good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers.

How much do porcelain veneers cost?

Costs of veneers vary depending on what part of the country you live in and on the extent of your procedure. However, it may not be covered by insurance. See your dentist for details.
WebMD oral health guide

Last modified: 2019-03-11

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Written by Isreal Olabanji DST RN

Israel is a dental nurse with 7 years of experience in assisting dentists with all sorts of dental issues. Our only goal here is to enlighten you in every aspect of health and dental care. Every content released focused on helping you achieve this goal.


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