If you are tired of using home teeth whitening treatments or embarrassed about having gapped or misshaped teeth when you smile, porcelain veneers are a wonderful treatment option for you. They are helping thousands of people transform their smiles and hide years of wear and tear in an affordable, non-invasive way.
Porcelain veneers work very well for crooked, discolored, chipped, broken, gapped, or uneven teeth that are ruining your smile. If you are considering getting veneers, Dr. Michael Nussbaum who provides dental care in Austin has answered some of the most common queries below.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Also known as dental veneers or laminates, these are wafer-thin shells or coverings attached to the front of your tooth to cover them up. Their color is customized based on your natural tooth color so that they blend in with the rest of your teeth.
Since they are attached to the front of your tooth, they help hide imperfections in your teeth and give you a beautiful, pearly white smile. For eg., if you have one tooth that is smaller than the rest of your teeth, you can use a porcelain veneer to make it look bigger. Or if you have gapped teeth, you can fit porcelain veneers on adjoining teeth to cover it up.
You can get veneers for one or more teeth based on your needs. And the procedure can be done by almost all dentists since it does not require special qualifications.
How Is Procedure Done?
The procedure to get porcelain veneers starts with a consultation with a dentist where you discuss your needs and the results you wish to achieve. Your dentist will examine your situation to determine if the procedure is indeed the right treatment for you.
Once you get the green signal and discuss how many veneers you want, the dentists will start shaving off some of the enamel to make room for the veneers to fit in. He will take molds, impressions and X-rays of your teeth before and after shaving your teeth and send them off to a laboratory to make customized veneers.
The laboratory will require a couple of weeks to make them. So in the meantime, the dentist will fit you with temporary veneers to protect your enamel until your next sitting. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will call you for another appointment. He will then remove the temporary veneers and place the permanent ones with help of a special bonding solution. He may do some polishing to put in the finishing touches and the procedure is complete.
Are Veneers Painful?
Since this is a non-invasive procedure(i.e no drilling), you won’t have to undergo much pain during and after the treatment. You can expect an uncomfortable sensation during the enamel shaving process and after the treatment as your mouth gets used to the new veneers.
But overall, the level of pain involved in this procedure is on the lower end. Hence this is highly preferred by patients looking for a fuss-free smile makeover.
If you have crooked or gapped teeth in the front and don’t wish to wear braces, talk to your dentist to see if porcelain
veneers may help you.
The lifespan of Porcelain Veneers.
Porcelain veneers are permanent but won’t last forever. They can last anywhere between 5 to 10 years. And If you take good care of them, they may even last 15 years or more.
While they are made from a strong, durable material, they are also susceptible to damage and regular wear and tear. So practicing good oral care hygiene, wearing a mouthguard at night, and not using your teeth as a tool to open stuff is essential to make your porcelain veneers last long. You must also make sure to get the procedure from reputed dentists to ensure your veneers are made of good quality and fitted properly.
If you are looking to get porcelain veneers in Austin, Tx, reach out to Dr. Michael Nussbaum at his dental care practice in Austin. He provides personalized care at this family dentistry clinic and will help you achieve a beautiful smile you will be proud to show off.
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