What are veneers and how can they improve your smile?
Do you have discolored or crooked teeth, teeth with spaces between them or teeth stained by fillings? You can change the shape, color and length of your teeth using veneers! Porcelain veneers are thin, durable shells designed to cover the front of the tooth. They are typically made of porcelain and are extremely durable, stain resistant, natural looking and easy to maintain.
Veneers are custom-fitted to your teeth, and you can expect veneers to stay bright and strong for many years by performing good oral hygiene. Unique details like shade, shape, and anatomical features are taken into consideration during the planning phase of your treatment. Veneers are a great alternative to orthodontic treatment in terms of addressing spacing, crowding, and less than perfectly positioned teeth. Once they are placed, they will not require any special oral hygiene routine.
In the dynamic profession of dentistry, technologies and treatment techniques are continuously reassessed and redefined. Fortunately, dental veneers have stood the test of time. They are a treatment option supported by meticulous scientific and clinical evidence. Veneers offer a custom solution to an often embarrassing cosmetic concern. A beautiful, natural smile will show the world who you really are.
What makes Porcelain Veneers so unique?
The uniqueness of veneers is their ability to produce the most natural white teeth appearance possible. This “natural teeth” appearance is a result of the inherent translucency of the veneer material. In most previous approaches, the light reflected of the surface of the restoration resulting a clean but “flat” look to the restored tooth. Porcelain veneers allow light to penetrate the wafer shell and reflect only from the inside surface of the tooth structure. This penetration of light produces a translucency which is very natural looking and attractive.
How long would porcelain veneers last and will they stain over a period of time?
Porcelain veneers will last for a long time provided routine care is taken to maintain good oral health, say up to 7 to 10 years or more. Porcelain Veneers may need replacement if they are damaged or chipped or indicate loss of bonding with the underlying tooth structure. The following are a few suggestions to maximize the life of veneers:
- Practice good oral home care. Decay in the underlying tooth structure may result if regular oral hygiene is not maintained.
- Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth (”Bruxism”) since these actions put tremendous forces on the teeth and can break or move the veneer. An occlusal guard is frequently recommended to prolong the life of the veneers.
- Avoid biting on hard things, such as bottle caps, fingernails, ice cubes etc.
When can veneers be used?
Porcelain veneers can be an effective method to make cosmetic changes in teeth which are chipped, stained, crooked, or worn out. The decision on whether or not porcelain veneers are a good choice is only possible after a thorough cosmetic evaluation and examination by a dentist. In general, veneers are recommended for patients when:
- Teeth are crooked or badly stained.
- Minor orthodontic improvements to straighten appearance of the teeth
- Closing unsightly gaps in the front teeth of the mouth.