Porcelain Veneers

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An overlay of porcelain, or veneer, is a beautiful way to correct misalignment of teeth or an unaesthetic tooth shape or color in a gentle, conservative way.

What Are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of teeth. They are an excellent solution for fixing many aesthetic issues with a person’s smile. They can improve the overall appearance of natural or artificial teeth, giving them a straight, white, and aligned look. Veneers are incredibly thin layers made from either a porcelain or resin material, and they are customized to fit the individual’s mouth perfectly. Porcelain veneers only require minimal preparation on the tooth surface before being bonded into place, while resin veneers require a heavier amount of reshaping before they can be applied. At Ultimate Smile Design, we prefer porcelain veneers for many reasons.

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Teeth discoloration
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped
  • Gaps between teeth

We use porcelain veneers as they are stain-resistant and closely resemble natural teeth. Once in place, they require little care and can provide patients with several years of positive results. There is no need for teeth whitening treatments or whitening toothpaste. Porcelain veneers will not become stained or discolored, regardless of foods, beverages, or medications.

Veneers vs Crowns: What's the Difference?

Both dental veneers and dental crowns are used in restorative dentistry to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers only cover the front surface of a tooth for cosmetic enhancement and protection against staining. Dental crowns, on the other hand, provide strength and protection by covering the entire tooth. Veneers are used in cases of extensive damage, such as decay or trauma, to prevent future damage and improve the tooth's appearance.

Another difference between dental veneers and crowns is their material: porcelain veneers use thin layers of porcelain bonded onto teeth, while crowns consist of ceramic shells that fit over teeth like caps. Porcelain veneers generally have more natural coloration and sheen than crowns but may require replacement sooner due to their thinner construction than crowns. With proper preventive care, both types can last many years without problems.

Dental Veneer Benefits

Veneers offer these advantages:

  • They look more like a natural tooth.
  • Veneers are a stronger solution.
  • Gums usually aren't sensitive to porcelain.
  • Porcelain veneers are not easily stained, so your bright smile will last longer.
  • You can select a custom color to make darker teeth appear more radiant.
  • Veneers generally don't require as much shaping as crowns.

 

Veneer application is typically a multi-step process. First, patients meet with us for a consultation to explain the result you are trying to achieve. We will examine your teeth to ensure veneers are appropriate for your teeth and needs. We may also take x-rays and make impressions of your mouth and teeth.

In preparation for veneers, we will apply a local anesthetic and remove some enamel from the tooth surface. Next, we will make an impression of your tooth and send it to a laboratory where your veneers are constructed.

Once we receive your veneers, you will return for a fitting. Your dentist will temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to examine its fit and color. If necessary, we can alter the veneer's color, size, and shape. To prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, it is cleaned, polished, and etched, allowing for a strong bond. Next, cement is applied to the veneer and placed over the tooth. Once in position, your dentist will apply a light to the veneer, causing the cement to harden and bond to the tooth.

Ultimate Smile Design has been providing patients with beautiful porcelain veneers for years. If you want to completely transform your smile, contact us for an appointment today.

 

FAQs About Porcelain Veneers

Who Gets Veneers?

The best candidates for veneers should have good oral hygiene with no underlying dental issues that impact their overall oral health (such as cavities), and they should have sufficient enamel left on their tooth surface to avoid over-thinning it during preparation for veneer placement.

Permanent veneers can be used on teeth that are discolored due to root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride, large resin fillings, or other causes. Veneers can also be used on worn down teeth, chipped or broken, and crooked or strangely shaped. This includes teeth with craters or bulges and may even help close the gaps between otherwise healthy teeth. In all these cases, veneers provide an ideal solution for improving the look of your smile without undergoing major treatments such as crowns and bridges.

Ultimately, though, anyone interested in a beautiful smile may consider veneers.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers have a lifespan of up to 20 years, which often justifies their higher cost. They are durable, less susceptible to staining or discoloration, and protect against additional tooth damage.

Are veneers permanent or removable?

Veneers are typically a permanent solution for teeth, as the enamel removed during the process cannot be replaced. 

Can you whiten veneers?

Whitening treatments are ineffective on veneers, but maintaining a bright smile is still possible through regular dental cleanings, which can help remove surface stains on your teeth.

Do veneers require special ongoing dental care?

You can resume proper dental care after your dental veneers are in position. Regular oral hygiene habits are best, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash.

While porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, it is advisable to refrain from consuming stain-causing foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, or red wine. Additionally, avoid hard and crunchy foods.

Are veneers considered a cosmetic procedure?

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure that is not usually covered by insurance. However, our practice provides various dental financing and payment options to make treatment more financially accessible to more patients.