Over the years, your smile may take some damage. We hope that much of this damage is purely cosmetic, such as stains from drinking your favorite coffee or wine. However, other forms of damage may be more substantial, such as chips or cracks. Perhaps your teeth have always looked a certain way since you were a child and you’re tired of being afraid to show off your smile to others. Regardless of your circumstance, porcelain veneers have the power to reinvent your smile.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin sheaths of dental ceramic designed to sit on top of existing teeth. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures out there because of their effectiveness at transforming the appearance of teeth in such a short period of time. Even though veneers are placed largely for cosmetic purposes, you can expect them to function much like your natural teeth.
Each veneer is fully customized to fit with your smile. That means Dr. G gets the color, shape and size just right before you leave his office. If you’re not happy with your veneers, he’ll work with you to get them looking the way you envisioned.
One of the other reasons porcelain veneers are so popular is because of their versatility. Veneers can cover years of stains, cracks, chips and other gaps all in one treatment. This makes it easy to save money on other cosmetic treatments you may have been considering. Furthermore, dental porcelain is incredibly durable and can last for at least 10 years when properly maintained. They don’t require any special maintenance compared to natural teeth and are even more resilient to stains because they don’t have as many cracks and crevices like tooth enamel.
As mentioned, treatment usually consists of two appointments. The first is to examine your teeth, hear your smile goals, then prepare your teeth for placement. This involves removing a very small amount of tooth enamel so the veneers have room to sit flush. After preparation, Dr. G will take an impression of your teeth and use it as a model to fabricate the veneers. This process takes about two weeks to complete, which means you’ll need to wear temporary veneers while they’re being made.
After they’re created, you’ll come back to have them placed. Each veneer is adhered using a dental bonding agent. To make sure your veneers last, brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, visit our office twice a year for exams and cleanings, and avoid using your teeth for tasks that are better suited for a tool. If you eat richly-pigmentated foods, try to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out afterwards to prevent foods from settling.