What are porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin porcelain shells placed over the front of your natural teeth to alter their natural shape, size, alignment, and color. They make an aesthetically flawed smile perfect. Ridgeview Family Dental only uses porcelain for veneers. This is because porcelain closely mimics the shine and slight translucence of natural tooth enamel.
What issues can porcelain veneers correct?
Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic concerns with your smile:
- Misaligned teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Badly discolored teeth
Would porcelain veneers be right for me?
It is imperative to have a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that veneers can provide a durable cosmetic solution. Veneers are a great way to have a beautiful smile. However, they do not correct more serious underlying issues such as:
- Misaligned bites
- Badly cracked teeth
How are porcelain veneers placed?
It takes two visits to have veneers placed on your teeth. During the first visit, the dentist prepares your teeth for the veneers. This usually only involves only the visible front teeth. After cleaning your teeth (if they are badly stained from coffee and the like, we may recommend whitening first to get to your natural enamel color), Dr. Young then uses a shade guide to select the porcelain color that matches your natural tooth color.
To make room for the veneer on each tooth, a thin amount of the enamel is removed, from 0.3 to 0.5 mm. Next, we take impressions of your teeth and send them off to the dental lab as blueprints for the creation of your veneers. While awaiting your veneers (fabrication time is usually around three weeks), Temporary veneers are placed on your teeth.
When you return for your second appointment, the dentist first checks each veneer for the fit and color match. Once both you and the doctor are satisfied with the look and fit, the veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Before and After
How Long will my veneers last?
Porcelain veneers last from 7 to 20 years. The durability is often related to the health of the teeth holding the veneers, but good home hygiene and keeping up with professional cleanings and exams should maximize their lifespan.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns?
The difference is really between cosmetic appearance and function. While porcelain crowns look beautiful, they also improve the strength of the underlying tooth they are covering. Crowns cover the entire tooth, front and back, all the way down to the gum line and are used in cases where a tooth is severely cracked, has extensive decay, or has had a root canal. Veneers are only cosmetic and placed on the fronts of the teeth. They do not strengthen the teeth.
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