"Smile and the whole world smiles with you." As the saying goes, a beautiful smile can lighten the hearts of those around you and give you an extra dose of self-confidence at the same time. It's obvious that our smile, or more specifically our teeth, are important to us in many ways. Three out of four adults in the United States believe an unattractive smile can hurt your chances at business success.
It may be hard to smile, even if you want to, when your teeth are uneven, chipped, or discolored. If this is your problem, porcelain veneers could be the solution. Although no cosmetic dentistry procedure can take the place of good oral and periodontal hygiene, porcelain veneers applied over your natural teeth can easily improve your smile and your self-esteem.
*Traditional Porcelain Veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth.
Dental Veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also protect surface of damaged teeth.
Dental Veneers, also known as Dental Veneers is a procedure that can last 10 to 15 years.
- What are some of the most common benefits of porcelain veneers?
- How is porcelain veneering performed?
- Where will the procedure be performed, how long will it take and how much pain is there?
- What can I expect after porcelain veneers?
- Ideal candidate:
- Other important information:
- Risks and Limitations:
What are some of the most common benefits of porcelain veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that fits over a damaged, discolored, or misshaped tooth. This procedure has several advantages over other tooth restoration procedures. Porcelain is an extremely durable material with a color, translucence, and texture that is similar to tooth enamel. It is not susceptible to decay and resists staining while maintaining a natural appearance. Porcelain veneers can effectively close diastemas (gaps between teeth), lengthen and reshape teeth, repair chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth, and cover stains and discolorations.
If you're considering porcelain veneers, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure will help you, we recommend that you consult a cosmetic dentist with experience in applying porcelain veneers.
How is porcelain veneering performed?
At your first appointment following the initial consultation, your teeth will be roughened and shaped to remove part of the outer tooth enamel. This provides a better surface for bonding and allows room for the placement of the thin porcelain shell. After shaping, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create porcelain veneers that fit your mouth precisely. He/she may suggest applying temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your customized veneers are completed.
At your next appointment, your dentist will test your veneers to make sure that they fit properly and that they are the correct size and color. At this time, you and your dentist will work together to make sure that you are satisfied with the result. If needed, more shaping or trimming of the veneers can be done before the final fitting.
Before your porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth with a composite resin cement, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, since clean teeth and healthy gums are necessary in order for bonding to be successful.
Where will the procedure be performed, how long will it take and how much pain is there?
Porcelain veneers usually require at least two appointments to be completed. The length of time of each appointment will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how many veneers you are having done. The procedure is done in your dentist's office with a local anesthetic and is relatively pain-free.
What can I expect after porcelain veneers?
After your teeth have been prepared and before your permanent veneers have been applied, your appearance should be fairly normal. Some sensitivity may be encountered mainly with cold drinks. Using a straw can alleviate this problem.
During this period, you should brush regularly, as your teeth will be more susceptible to staining. Regular flossing is important, too, since swollen or bleeding gums compromise bonding the porcelain veneers on permanently.
Once your veneers are permanently placed, they will feel like a natural part of your teeth, and you can use them just as you would your regular teeth. However, veneers are not indestructible. To protect your veneers from chipping, avoid biting down into hard substances. Slice apples before eating them. Avoid bad habits like chewing on fingernails, pencils, or paperclips, and clenching or grinding your teeth.
In general, the best candidates for porcelain veneers:
- Enjoy good oral health
- Want to improve their appearance
- Are well informed in regard to the procedure's outcome
- Have realistic expectations
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your dentist will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your dentist if he/she considers you an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers.
Other important information:
Depending on the structural integrity of your teeth, the health of your gums, and your occlusion (bite), crowns or orthodontics may be recommended instead of, or in addition to, veneers in order to achieve the desired results.
If your natural teeth are discolored, you may want to consider whitening your teeth before veneers are applied, since extremely dark stains could show through the thin porcelain shell. Whitening after will not change the color of the porcelain veneers.
Risks and Limitations:
Since the oral cavity contains many kinds of bacteria and experiences many temperature and/or pressure changes throughout a typical day, all dental restorations contain some degree of risk. It is important to follow good oral hygiene and keep the margin (the area where the tooth and the veneer meet) as clean as possible so that decay doesn't develop underneath the porcelain veneers. Restorations with margins above the gum line are easier to maintain than those with margins below the gum line.
In order to minimize these risks, it is important that you follow all of your dentist's instructions, both before and after the procedure.
The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.
*Disclaimer: Source: http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/veneer-procedure/. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon.