Veneers are placed over the enamel to create the outward appearance of even, white and attractive teeth. The procedure is done in two visits. During your initial visit, you will look at computer-generated examples of what your new smile will look like. This is the time to discuss your expectations and preferences for the exact shape and color of your veneers. If you are having only one or two teeth treated, you will select a color that is very close to your natural tooth color. If you are getting all your visible teeth veneered, you can choose a whiter shade.
Types of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain or Indirect Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a laboratory and applied to the teeth. They resist stains better than composite veneers and better simulate the shine of natural teeth. Two appointments are required for this process: one for taking an impression, and a second for preparing the natural teeth and placing the veneers once they have been created. Lumineers® and Vivaneers® are two types of porcelain veneers that are so thin they don’t require any tooth-buffing before placement.
Composite or Direct Veneers
Composite veneers are much faster and more efficient than porcelain veneers. They can be set and fixed within one visit and cost significantly less money. Composite veneers are thinner and require less removal of the tooth surface before placement. They can expand and contract with natural fluctuations in tooth size, which makes it the perfect choice for repairing fractured teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer you a chance to enhance your smile. Veneers are designed to look like real teeth – pearly white and slightly translucent. Unlike real teeth, they don’t yellow over time. We use veneers to cover up many flaws including:
- Slight crookedness
- Small gaps between teeth
- Minor chips and fractures
- Stains or discoloration that doesn’t respond to tooth whitening
- Teeth that look misshapen or too short
Durability of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are strong and durable and, with proper care, will often last for 10 to 15 years. Veneers are manufactured from the highest quality porcelain, fitted with precision, and bonded with the most advanced adhesive materials available.
At this time, a small amount of enamel is removed from each tooth that will be fitted with a veneer. Enamel removal may be necessary if a tooth is turned at a slight angle. That way the veneer can be placed to correct this flaw for attractive, even alignment with the adjacent teeth. Enamel removal is done conservatively to leave as much of your healthy tooth structure in place as possible. After your teeth are prepared, a mold will be made and sent to a dental fabrication lab. You will leave with a temporary veneer.
Once your custom-made porcelain veneers arrive, you come back for the final fitting. The surface of each tooth is etched with a mild chemical agent to allow the dental cement to get a good grip. Each veneer is attached to the prepared tooth surface using a powerful dental bonding agent. This adhesive is cured with a special lamp to harden it and help ensure the veneers stay in place over the long term. The next step is to remove any excess cement and do minor shaping around the edges of the veneers so they look just the way you like. Finally, they are polished to a brilliant finish.
Care and Maintenance of Veneers
Veneers should be treated just like natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed regularly. Porcelain or Composite veneers will not be damaged by brushing and flossing, although using non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended.
Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after placement of veneers. This is caused by the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. Sensitivity is a very common residual effect that typically dissipates in one to two weeks.
New veneers will help achieve the goal of improving the appearance of teeth. With proper home care and regular dental visits, patients will experience long-lasting success with their new veneers and smile.
Porcelain Veneers Can Give You a Great Smile
Dental veneers offer patients a chance to achieve their ideal smile without extensive or invasive dental work. Porcelain veneers are custom fabricated to match each patient’s aesthetic preferences. They are bonded in place with strong dental cement for a long-lasting smile makeover.
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment that gives patients a more attractive smile. This procedure is suitable for improving a single tooth or for a smile makeover on all visible front teeth. Unlike dental restorations that are necessary to fix the damage and restore function, dental veneers are designed to correct minor aesthetic imperfections. Veneers have long been popular among movie stars and beauty pageant contestants.
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If you think porcelain veneers are right for you, contact our Nashua, NH dental office today! Call (603) 880-7004 to schedule a consultation.