Dental veneers are made up of a thin shell of porcelain or resin that is bonded to the surface of teeth. The shape, shade, and position of the veneers can be changed to improve the cosmetics of your teeth and smile. Veneers can also be used to restore lost tooth structure. Because porcelain veneers are thin, they are one of the most conservative cosmetic treatments available to patients. In addition, porcelain veneers are bonded to the tooth structure to strengthen them.
Porcelain Veneers Treatment
Before treatment, Dr. Karim Naguib will examine your teeth and review your goals and budget to determine if veneers are right for you. The porcelain veneer procedure usually takes several office visits. Dr. Naguib will first prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a small amount of tooth structure.
Preparing the teeth before treatment creates room for the veneers to fit comfortably. Dr. Naguib will take and send an impression of your teeth to a ceramist, who will fabricate the veneers in a dental lab. After they are complete, the porcelain veneers will be adjusted and secured to teeth for a permanent restoration.
Keep in mind that porcelain veneers are not a good choice for patients with tooth decay, gum disease, large dental fillings, or fractured or weakened teeth. In addition, this treatment will not work well with patients who do not have enough tooth enamel. After receiving porcelain veneers be sure to maintain a good brushing and flossing routine to prevent decay and other dental problems.
Dental veneers that are made of composite porcelain material offer multiple benefits to patients. Porcelain veneers:
- Are stain-resistant
- Do not require extensive shaping
- Provide a natural appearance
- Can change tooth color and shape
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular methods of cosmetic dentistry. This is because they can take care of a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. They’re extremely durable and are considered to be a permanent dental restoration. Veneers are designed to last 10-15 years as long as they’re taken care of properly.
Another benefit is that they can be more stain-resistant than your normal teeth. Unlike many teeth whitening treatments, veneers hold up better when exposed to foods and beverages like coffee that might stain. When you get your veneers, you can choose the shade that they are. The veneers can be a brighter white than your normal teeth if you desire. They don’t require any extra maintenance, either. You just have to continue to brush and floss regularly, as well as keep up with your biannual dental care visits.
Lastly, they don’t require as much shaping as dental crowns do. They give off a natural appearance and are polished to reflect like normal teeth. Your gums also respond well to the materials used to make the veneers, meaning they’re comfortable and won’t irritate the gum tissue.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How often do veneers need replacing?
On average porcelain veneers last between 10-15 years. Their lifespan depends on the patients oral care, diet, and the placement of the veneers.
Is it painful to get veneers?
Most patients report experiencing no pain while getting veneers treatment. The procedure is minimally-invasive. Patients may feel slight sensitivity after getting veneers but this will only last for a few days.
What can you not eat with veneers?
Patients with veneers should avoid eating hard or sticky foods. This includes chewing ice, biting into raw fruit, eating candies or caramel, etc. Patients should also avoid eating tough meat because it can be difficult for the veneers to chew. Some types of veneers can become stained overtime so many patients choose to avoid soda, wine, coffee, and other foods and drinks that can stain.
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Transform the aesthetics of your smile today with porcelain veneers. Call our Lancaster, CA dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our Palmdale, CA dentist office at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online.