Porcelain Veneers: What Can They Do?

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Porcelain Veneers: What Can They Do?

Porcelain veneers are a dental remedy for many ills.  If you feel that your smile needs a number of relatively small defects corrected, they could likely be all corrected at once with a few porcelain veneers.

• Mild misalignment

• Slight crookedness

• Shallow cracks

• Small chips

• Uneven tooth sizes

• Gaps between the teeth

• Discoloration that is unaffected by tooth whitening

Veneers are placed only on front teeth. If you need any back teeth repaired a porcelain crown might be the answer, or perhaps porcelain fillings. Porcelain is an excellent material used by cosmetic dentists, as it comes in many shades of white, often with subtle variations, and can be closely matched to your natural teeth.

Porcelain and tooth enamel have an important quality in common: they both have a pearly white sheen. They react to light in similar ways, which is why porcelain restorations are not visible as being restorations. Nobody will know you have veneers unless you tell them, or unless they knew how your teeth looked pre-veneers. In that case they will be clamoring for the name of your dentist.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

First your cosmetic dentist will do a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and bite. If you have any health issues, they will need to be dealt with first, as there is little benefit in trying to beautify an unhealthy smile. A cosmetic dentist will typically have superior technology including a way of detecting decay before it is visible to the naked eye or on an X-ray. It is always best to deal with cavities or any problem like bleeding gums as soon as possible while they are still small problems.

Once the way to porcelain veneers is clear, there will be two visits.

First Visit

Your cosmetic dentist will prepare the teeth in question by buffing a very small amount of enamel off to make space for the veneers. This does not hurt although if you feel nervous about being at a dentist office, most cosmetic dentists will be glad to give you a mild sedative or local anesthetic or both. Your comfort is always a high priority in cosmetic dentistry.

Digital photos will be taken of your teeth and gums, and these, along with measurements and X-rays will be sent to the dental laboratory for your veneers to be custom-made. In the interim, most people don’t want any temporary veneer cover, although if you would like that, it will be done for you.

Second Visit

After perhaps a couple of weeks, the veneers are ready and your cosmetic dentist will attach them lightly for testing. You can see them in a mirror and discuss any issues with your dentist, and he or she will make sure your bite is smooth. Minor adjustments can be made if necessary. When you are both pleased, they will be permanently attached.

Your smile is now dramatically enhanced and will have an even, bright, and shapely appearance. Your veneers will need no special care beyond the good daily brushing and flossing you give your natural teeth. Your cosmetic dentist may want to check on them after a while. There is one thing you should avoid, and that is biting on hard things with your veneers. Don’t crack any nut shells or open any beer bottles.

Dental porcelain does not stain and with good care your porcelain veneers will last a great many years, perhaps a lifetime. The first step is to schedule a personal consultation.

from 6-1-2009

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