If you’re looking for the perfect smile, porcelain veneers could be the solution. Porcelain veneers are thin custom shells. They’re made to cover the front surface of your teeth, and they can be colored to fit the natural color of your surrounding teeth.
The procedure used to install veneers is meant to improve the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, and the length, size, shape and color of the veneers can be customized to fit your existing teeth.
Some dental veneers are made from resin composite materials while others are made from porcelain. Most people choose to get porcelain veneers because they offer better stain resistance and can reflect light more naturally than their resin counterparts.
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If you’re a good candidate for this procedure, then you should have teeth with gaps in between them, misaligned teeth, broken teeth, chipped teeth or worn teeth.
The procedure works best for people who’re looking to correct multiple cosmetic or structural issues that they have with their teeth. Gaps, cracks, and chips are some of the most common reasons.
However, potential candidates might also want to correct problems with discoloration and minor misalignment. Potential candidates should also practice adequate oral hygiene, be in good overall oral health and have realistic cosmetic goals.
It’s also important that candidates have a healthy level of enamel because most dentists will need to remove a thin layer of enamel before bonding the veneers.
How the Procedure Works
In most cases, it shouldn’t take more than two visits to the dentist to complete the procedure. The visits will likely take place over the span of about six weeks.
The examination and diagnostic phase of the procedure is important because it’s used to identify any oral health concerns that could arise.
Before veneers can be bonded to a tooth, they may require some minimal preparation, such as minor reshaping. Depending on the exact material used, the material will be applied to the teeth, and an intense light may be used to harden the material.
In many cases, additional layers of material will need to be added to each tooth to get the desired result. Once the veneers have been installed, they’ll be polished and finished. This is the core of the entire procedure.
Advantages and Results
Porcelain veneers provide a natural-looking appearance. Your gum tissue should tolerate the veneers very well, and the veneers are resistant to stains.
Unlike the alternatives, porcelain veneers don’t usually require extensive reshaping you could try these out. On average, porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. They will need to be replaced after this amount of time has passed.
If you have questions about this procedure or want to schedule a consultation, contact Parkwood Dental today.