What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.
Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but many get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, aesthetic and symmetrical smile. The top front eight teeth are the most commonly applied veneers in Golden Smile Dent.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- they are strong and long-lasting
- they have a natural-looking surface
- less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
- they don’t stain easily
Composite resin veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
- usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers
- may mean fewer visits to the dentist—sometimes these veneers take just one visit
- cost less than porcelain veneers
- are easy to fix if they get damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly
How to prepare for your appointment
Before you get your veneers, you’ll have a preliminary appointment with your dentist to discuss which options are right for you and how many veneers you want to have placed. In some cases, if teeth are crooked or uneven, you may need to have braces before your dentist can place the veneers.
Your dentist will often take X-rays at this stage to evaluate your teeth’s health. They’ll look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or the need for root canals. If you have any of these conditions, you may not be a candidate for veneers.
To get accurate sizing for your veneers, at the next appointment, your dentist trims down about a half a millimeter of your tooth (they remove the enamel using a grinding tool) before they take a mold (impression) of your teeth. This mold is then sent off to the lab for the creation of your veneers.
How to take care of your veneers after they’re placed
Unlike other dental procedures, the recovery process doesn’t take an extended amount of time. Instead, once the veneers are cemented on and any anesthetics wear off, you can eat and chew as you normally would. While the anesthetic is wearing off, be conscious of not chewing on your cheeks or tongue.
In some cases, immediately after the veneers are applied, you may notice that they feel a little rough. These rough spots (usually from extra cement that can adhere to the veneer) wear down after several days of normal eating and teeth brushing; if they don’t, your dentist can smooth them out.
porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years, Taking certain precautions can help make sure that you get the longest lifespan out of them possible. These precautions include:
- Don’t chew on hard objects like pens, ice, or your finger nails.
- Never use your teeth to open packaging or condiment packages.
- Try not to chew with your front teeth. Eat harder foods with your back teeth only; cut up hard foods like chocolate bars so that this is possible.
- If you grind or clench your teeth at night, get a splint or retainer to protect your veneers.
- If playing sports, you must wear a mouth guard.
How much do Porcelain Veneers cost?
Porcelain veneers can cost an average of $250 to $400 per tooth and can last 10 to 15 years. We have good experienced dentist on cosmetic dentistry at Golden Smile Dent .
Porcelain Laminate Veneers can fix gaps between your teeth
Porcelain Laminate Veneers can be used to close gaps between your teeth. They are ideally suited for this purpose, however, Dental Bonding usually makes the less expensive and less invasive method for smaller spaces between teeth.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers can fix minor tooth misalignment
In cases where misalignment is not too severe, Porcelain Laminate Veneers may be a good dental restoration option to restore a natural and appealing smile. Porcelain Laminate Veneers may not be a good option for severely crooked teeth since excessive trimming may be required.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers after orthodontics
In some cases you may find Porcelain Laminate Veneers a good option subsequent to orthodontic procedures. Where orthodontics can correct the main issues and get your smile most of the way to your goals, Porcelain Laminate Veneers may be a less expensive and simpler dental restoration option to finish the job and achieve that perfect smile.
When veneers shouldn’t be used.
There can be situations where certain teeth, or even certain people,are not good candidates for this procedure. Some reasons to avoid Porcelain Laminate Veneers include the following:
Porcelain Laminate Veneers do not provide tooth strengthening
Since porcelain is brittle and relies on the strength of the tooth behind it to provide long lasting service, they are not appropriate for teeth that have lost a significant amount of structure due to wear,decay or fracture, or teeth with large fillings. Porcelain Laminate Veneers simply improve the appearance of your smile.
In this type of situation, dental crown placement makes the more appropriate choice.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers require sufficient tooth enamel
Porcelain Laminate Veneers bond to your tooth enamel, and are not a good option when insufficient enamel exists on your tooth. Since porcelain is brittle, it needs a reinforced backing material. The enamel on your tooth is similar in rigidity and prevents the porcelain from buckling and breaking. When insufficient enamel exists, the porcelain would require the dentin layer of the tooth to reinforce it, but the dentin is more likely to allow the porcelain to deform, and increase the chances the veneer will break. If there is not enough tooth enamel, another dental restoration option should be chosen.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers will not withstand excessive tooth stress
Porcelain Laminate Veneers will break under too much stress and strain. Grinding your teeth at night may be an indication that Porcelain Laminate Veneers are not right for you, and that you need a Dental Night Guard. If you have a point-to-point of contact in your bite that creates excess stress on those teeth, Porcelain Laminate Veneers are not right for you until the points of contact are corrected. If you are prone to eating extremely hard food (such as corn nuts of beer nuts), your teeth experience extreme pressure during the grinding process and are likely to break anyway. Porcelain Laminate Veneers are not good at withstanding those extremely hard foods!
Although some thicker Porcelain Laminate Veneers may be successful at handling the stress and strain you inflict on them, another dental restoration option may be better suite to your habits of lifestyle.