Have you ever dreamed of having better looking teeth, free of crowns and orthodontic bands? Well now you can!
Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth. The treatment is painless and usually does not require an anesthetic. Porcelain veneers are the ideal option for an improved appearance of your teeth and have become popular over the last 10 years due to the fact that they create excellent aesthetic results and do not change color as a result of smoking or drinking caffeine beverages.
Porcelain veneers are a good alternative to simple orthodontic treatments, however are not recommended in cases of severe teeth crowding or in cases requiring prolonged orthodontic treatment.
When are porcelain veneers recommended?
Porcelain veneers are routinely used to:
close gaps between teeth.
rebuild broken teeth.
change the color of teeth.
design crooked teeth.
whiten stained or discolored teeth.
Porcelain facades are perhaps one of the most aesthetic ways of creating a beautiful and confident smile. Veneers require minimal grinding of the teeth (approximately 0.5 mm), and therefore cannot solve all aesthetic problems (imperfections), but they are an excellent solution from a choice of treatments.
The construction of porcelain veneers do not require local anesthesia. However, local anesthesia is recommended for sensitive patients or those who are afraid of the treatment.
Porcelain veneers take about a week to prepare in the lab. Since only a minimal layer of the tooth is grinded, there is usually no need for a temporary protective layer. However, if a case arises that necessitates a temporary protective layer, it can be produced during treatment.
In the time between grinding the teeth and applying the porcelain veneer, the patient may experience sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. This is a normal phenomenon caused from grinding the small layer of enamel that covers the tooth. Sensitivity should disappear after the permanent veneer coating has been applied.
At the patient’s second visit the porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth without anesthesia. Typically, this visit is longer. The coatings are cemented and fixed by means of a light beam.
Once the veneers have been bonded, they harden and should have excellent crushing strength when chewing regular food. Avoid foods and any activity that might twist the veneer and rely on your discretion and common sense when chewing.
1. Brush your teeth and floss to prevent hygiene problems.
2. Veneers are a kind restoration to the gum and you can use any toothpaste that does not rub. Good home care will ensure esthetic success of your veneers for many years.
3. Regular diet should not be a problem. You should avoid anything that might harm the coatings.
4. If you are known to grind or clamp your teeth, you should inform the dentist and he/she will fit a night splint to reduce pressure on the teeth.
After your veneers have been applied, you may be sensitive to heat or cold. This sensitivity is the result of removing a layer from your teeth and their proximity to the nerve.
5. A degree of sensitivity is absolutely normal and usually disappears within one to two weeks. If the sensitivity does not pass during this time, contact your dentist.