There are any number of situations that can lead to a patient feeling unsatisfied with or even ashamed of his or her smile, and thinking about getting porcelain veneers. Discoloration, uneven teeth and a host of other concerns can be transformed into a beautiful smile, with the help of porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that are made from porcelain. They are wafer thin but are also very strong once they are bonded to your teeth. Your veneers will be custom-made and colored specifically for your teeth.
Veneers can be applied to just one or two teeth, or they can be a whole mouth solution that will give you the bright white smile that you deserve. The veneers can only be applied to teeth that are healthy, and free from cavities. Your dentist will need to address any dental issues prior to you being fitted with your veneers.
The finish on the porcelain veneers is designed to mimic the look of your natural teeth, so that your results look wholly natural.
Once your veneers have been created for you, which is a process that can potentially take several weeks, they will be permanently bonded to your teeth by your dentist.
In order to prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will need to remove a very small amount of the enamel from each tooth that is going to get a veneer. The removal of this enamel does mean that you cannot reverse the process.
Are veneers right for me?
There are a number of reasons that might make you a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
- You have tooth stains that cannot be removed by conventional teeth cleaning methods
- You are looking to cover cosmetic damage from decay and other dental work
- You are looking to close up small gaps between uneven teeth
- Your teeth are all different sizes
Be sure to discuss any concerns with your dentist, and remember that teeth with cavities and other damage need to be repaired prior to veneers being bonded to them.
What if I don’t want veneers any longer?
If you think that you may change your mind about porcelain veneers at some point in the future, it’s important to remember that the removal of the enamel from your teeth will leave them largely unprotected from decay and damage. Traditional veneers cannot be reversed, and you will need to continue to have veneers for the rest of your life.
Prepless veneers are another consideration for dental patients. They take less time to prepare and they do not require the removal of tooth enamel prior to being bonded.
How long will veneers last?
With the right oral care, and being sure to keep up with your routine dental appointments, you’ll find that your veneers should last for as long as 10 years. It’s important that you reach out to your dentist if your veneers are damaged or cracked. This can ensure that your dentist is able to address any minor issues before they are allowed to escalate into larger concerns.
Veneers can give you an instantly transformed smile. Consider veneers if you’re looking for a beaming bright white smile that you’re proud to show off at every opportunity. Make your appointment with Ideal Smiles Dental by calling 718-535-1196, today.