Our teeth’s appearance profoundly affects our confidence. Even with regular yearly appointments with our dentists, somehow we still cannot make our teeth look as white or as healthy as it should be. Furthermore, extreme gaps and cracks between our teeth are difficult to hide and sometimes impossible for orthodontics to fix. These small imperfections have significant affects our social and professional life. One possible solution for this dilemma is by getting porcelain veneers. It is a breakthrough in dental cosmetology that can give you back your natural smile.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are porcelain shells fashioned to artificially enhance and correct damaged teeth. These shells are placed over the surface of crooked or stained tooth to make them look naturally healthy. Porcelain veneers are not the same as braces so they are not used to align teeth. It is used more for aesthetic purposes like leveling crooked or uneven teeth. If you would like to avail of porcelain veneers, make sure that you have healthy gums and strong teeth as you will be using veneers for a long time. Below are just some of the usual dental flaws covered by porcelain veneers: stained or discolored teeth, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth, worn enamel, gaps between teeth and chipped teeth.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are the more preferred type of cosmetic dentistry because aside from being non-invasive, the veneers are highly customizable for a natural look. The porcelain material is so durable, it will last you up to ten to fifteen years. Only minimal maintenance is required since it is resistant to staining or light chipping. Also, it only takes two appointments to get them attached so it is very convenient compared to frequently visiting your dentist for teeth whitening or other dental work. There are also no known disadvantage or bad side effects to porcelain veneers except to extra tooth sensitivity one experiences just after the veneer attachment.
How Do Dentists Attach Porcelain Veneers?
Many dental clinics provide sample digital images to their clients to show how their teeth will look like after installing porcelain veneers. This serves as a vital guide for the patients in deciding if they want to proceed with the getting work done on their teeth. Of course these images are only samples so the actual result may have a slight difference so keep your expectations reasonable. One of the good things of choosing porcelain veneers is that you get them done quickly in just two visits.
Attaching the veneers requires dentists to first prepare the teeth by taking out .5 mm of enamel, about the size of an eggshell on your teeth’s surface. Using a dental mold, an impression is made to make a custom fit veneers. A dental ceramist will then proceed to create porcelain facings with the specified teeth size, color and arrangement. Since it usually take two weeks to produce porcelain veneers, dentists will use temporary veneers for the meantime.
The permanent porcelain veneers will be attached on your succeeding appointment. The dentist will make adjustments on your teeth and this may involve additional trimming or shaping. Do not worry; you will be administered with local anesthesia so this process is painless. Once the final adjustments are made, your teeth will be polished and etched to make sure that the dental adhesive sticks to your teeth. Some clinics use resin cement while others use white light gun as adhesive. This is the end of the entire process and you can now smile confidently as you walk out of your dentist’s office
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Porcelain veeners are relatively costly. They range from $700- $ 2,000 per tooth however the cost is easily offset with the benefits you will be getting within fifteen years. This means fifteen years worth of savings from frequent teeth whitening or crowns so basically you might be saving more time and money in the long run.
How do you maintain porcelain veneers?
- Go to a dentist with experience with dental cosmetic.
- Preserve your porcelain veneers. Avoid excessive grinding to prevent breakage or eat food that may cause it crack.
- Defer from activities that may cause stains on your porcelain veneers. This usually means refraining from drinking coffee or from smoking. Brush your teeth after every meal.
- Do not get porcelain veneers if you have relatively health teeth which can be fixed by braces or retainers. The damage from polishing and chipping teeth is permanent so think first if this is the best solution to your teeth problem.