Are you interested in getting a smile makeover? If you have crooked, stained or chipped teeth that are ruining your natural smile, you could be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are made out of a very thin ceramic material and are bonded directly onto existing teeth. This shell can help create natural, healthy-looking teeth and improve the appearance of your smile immediately.
Veneers are often the solution for people who have significant teeth stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth. They are also a quick-fix solution for improving a smile after an accident or injury.
What are the Key Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Out of all the different tooth restoration procedures available, dental veneers continue to be one of the most affordable and effective ways to brighten p that smile. Veneers can last between 15-20 years, and can lengthen worn down teeth, cover up extensive cracks, and fill out large and small gaps easily. Other benefits of porcelain veneers include:
Simple and effective procedure – most patients only need to come in for a consultation, a shaping and surfacing treatment, and then the application of the veneers
Permanent change – the veneers will be permanently bonded to the teeth and the teeth and gums will be cleaned thoroughly to help with the healing and adaptation process
Relatively pain-free – the entire procedure is performed with local anesthetic, and pain can be managed with painkillers after the shaping and veneer placement session
How is the Process of Getting Porcelain Veneers?
Many people don’t realize that porcelain veneers can be obtained within just two appointments. During the initial consultation, the dentist will need to evaluate the health and quality of the existing teeth and take measurements of the teeth and mouth. At this stage, the dentist may also begin the shaping process; this involves removing part of the outer tooth enamel so that the teeth are better prepared for the bonding process. The dentist will then take impressions of your teeth to crate porcelain veneers that fit your mouth, and may give you temporary veneers to protect the teeth while the custom veneers are created.
The final visit involves bonding the custom veneers directly to the teeth. The dentist will use a composite resin cement compound to set the real veneers onto the teeth and make sure they are aligned perfectly. This procedure is typically followed by a thorough cleaning to promote healthy healing.
Who is a Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth and are most suitable for people who:
Take care of their teeth and gums and practice good dental hygiene
Want a permanent change in their appearance
Don’t want dentures or crowns
Are looking for affordable options for their smile makeover
Some dentists may recommend orthodontics or other types of dental work to strengthen the existing teeth and gum tissues. Veneers can only be applied to relatively healthy teeth, so making sure the teeth are in good condition may be the first step of the treatment plan. However, most people can pursue dental veneers without extensive dental work beforehand.
Learn more about veneers and dentistry procedures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dentist in your area
to find out if you are a good candidate for a smile makeover.