Porcelain veneers are laboratory made porcelain facings that are bonded onto the front surfaces of anterior teeth. Though they are very thin – approximately 0.3-0.5 mm in thickness – porcelain veneers are highly durable. They are an excellent way to mask dental imperfections like broken, chipped, misaligned, or stained teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to straighten, close spaces, reshape, and correct minor misalignments of your teeth. Unlike resin veneers, which have the tendency to get darker over time, porcelain veneers are resistant to stains from coffee, tea, or cigarette smoking. Since porcelain veneers are laboratory made to fit precisely over your natural teeth, they result in a natural looking appearance and a comfortable fit.
The process for getting porcelain veneers is completed in stages. Initially, a thorough examination is carried out, upon which time your dentist will assess if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
During the preparation appointment, your natural teeth are contoured to allow space for the porcelain facing. Porcelain veneers require very little of the original tooth structure to be taken away, so the procedure can be performed using little or no anesthesia. A precise impression is then taken. This impression is then used as a mould to create your porcelain veneers to the precise size, shape and shade of your teeth.
For some patients, it is recommended that a whitening system, such as the professional home bleaching, be used in conjunction with porcelain veneers to produce the best possible aesthetic outcome.
Brush and floss as you normally would. Do not be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is also recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneer.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneers. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks
If you are a known clincher (bruxist) an occlusal splint will be recommended to minimize stress placed upon your new veneers teeth while you sleep.
We hope that your new veneers fulfill your aesthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.