Dentists use the term “veneer” to refer to a thin layer of restorative material placed on the surface of a tooth. Veneers are generally used to protect a damaged tooth surface, but they are also widely used to improve smile esthetics. In fact, veneers are one of the least invasive options to dramatically change the look of your teeth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very fine layers of dental ceramic material bonded to the surfaces of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are very resistant to permanent staining from foods and drinks like coffee, tea, dark sauces, and even cigarette smoke to a certain extent. They are considered a great restorative and cosmetic choice to improve the appearance of the front teeth.
Who Should Get Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be used to close gaps between teeth, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, fix small chips and cracks, and make the teeth appear straighter. Generally, your dentist would recommend porcelain veneers for the following conditions:
- To provide a complete smile makeover
- To restore or “makeover” a single tooth or multiple teeth that may have been fractured or discolored
- To correct imperfections that result from small or malpositioned teeth
- To correct worn away teeth edges
- As an alternative to crowns to change a tooth’s color, size, or shape
- To repair old crown and bridgework
How The Procedure Works
If you choose to get porcelain veneers, you will need one or sometimes two appointments for the entire procedure. It is a fairly simple dental treatment, and patients typically require little to no anesthesia.
At Dlight Dental, we encourage our patients to take an active role in the planning and treatment process so that we can best understand and meet your cosmetic needs as well as ensure that you are happy with the end result. During the planning stage, your dentist will pay careful attention to all artistic details such as the proper color, shape, and size in order to give you a smile makeover that perfectly matches your face.
To begin, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive oral examination. It will include taking full mouth x-rays, a diagnostic wax-up, analysis of your bite, analysis of the proportions of the teeth that form your smile, digital imaging, intraoral digital photography, and digital shade taking.
Once this is complete and we have your treatment plan laid out, the next step is to prepare your teeth. About 0.5 mm of the tooth’s surface enamel is removed to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. In some cases, this procedure may require local anesthetic.
Next, a mold of your teeth will be taken, and this will be used to make your veneers. Once your custom veneers are ready, they will be bonded to your teeth. Before the final veneer placement, we’ll carefully examine them to make sure that the color and fit is optimum so that you get the best aesthetic and functional results.
The last step is for your dentist to cement and bond the veneers permanently to your teeth. To facilitate the bonding, your tooth will be chemically treated. Then, the cement will be sandwiched between the veneer and tooth and hardened using a curing light.
What To Expect From Porcelain Veneers
- You will immediately see your greatly enhanced smile and improved image.
- The quality veneers we provide will last for over 10 years.
- If you feel that any slight changes are necessary even after placement, you should communicate that to us. We can make minor adjustments and corrections to your veneers.