Porcelain veneers are ideal as a simple solution for teeth that may have lost their shape or their lustre.
Some people have great teeth, but over time, they lose their shine or they may have become damaged or discoloured. Many candidates for porcelain veneers are plagued with dental concerns or may not have given their teeth adequate care during childhood. As adults, they find it difficult to show any confidence at work or in social situations, which makes them feel awkward.
Porcelain veneers will not only transform a not-so-impressive smile into one that gets noticed for all the right reasons. The result is instant and you will notice a difference in the way people respond to you.
The true beauty of porcelain veneers is that they look and feel like natural teeth. While the mould is taken of your existing teeth, the finished product can be tweaked a little to change the overall shape of your teeth and give you a more uniform smile. They are less likely to become stained and will last longer than composite bonding.
The process involves less destruction to your natural teeth than other cosmetic solutions, with only a tiny amount of tooth enamel needing to be removed to accommodate bonding porcelain veneers to your teeth.
The end result is a natural-looking smile that looks amazing and won’t damage your existing teeth.
As with any dental procedure, the first step is a consultation with your dentist. During this time, your dentist will give your teeth a thorough examination. Any issues such as root canal problems, cavities or gum disease need to be taken care of before you can proceed with porcelain veneers. Once any necessary dental work has been completed, your dentist will file down a thin layer from the tips of your teeth to prepare them for veneers and take an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a dental technician for the porcelain veneers to be made.
Your next appointment is when you will be fitted with your custom-made porcelain veneers. The dentist will once again check your teeth and gums, to ensure nothing has changed since your last visit. The veneers are then fitted directly over your existing teeth to see how well they fit and then, finally, cemented into place with a special bonding material.
Porcelain veneers won’t actually damage your existing teeth and they are a permanent cosmetic solution. Once you’ve had them fitted, you’ll need them for life. Another disadvantage is that they will need to be replaced at some point. The natural duration of porcelain veneers is about 10 years. With the right care, you can prolong this up to 20 years.
There is also an adjustment period you will need to deal with and, in some cases, you may experience a little discomfort. In some instances, particularly where the shape of the teeth is altered, you may experience a little difficulty eating and speaking. Once again, this is only temporary and will soon pass.
Porcelain veneers are very easy to take care of and maintain if you have a good dental hygiene routine. This is pretty much the same routine you should have had before being fitted with porcelain veneers. Brush your teeth gently in the first few days after you’ve been fitted and then keep up your routine.