Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are designed to look like natural teeth. They are also designed to be strong and resilient, just like your natural teeth. It is a very popular choice for those who want to improve the look of their smile and change the color, shape or size of a tooth.
The first step in the porcelain veneers process is to have a consultation with your dentist. He or she can advise you about the porcelain veneers pros and cons, and whether or not they are the right solution for you. Before you begin, you must be clear about what you want to achieve. You should consider alternatives if they are available for you.
Porcelain veneers are made of several thin layers of ceramic material, which are intended to replace the original enamel of your tooth. There is also an adhesive layer. The porcelain veneer procedure involves removing a small amount of the tooth. This is done to create room for the veneer. Once applied, the veneer should look natural and be an improvement in the overall look of your smile.
The bond that is created between the tooth and the veneer is critical. Not only does it help in a cosmetic sense, but also it helps in allowing the tooth with the new veneer to function in a proper manner. Resin that is sensitive to light is laid between the tooth and the veneer and is hardened using a special curing light.
Porcelain Veneer Benefits
Porcelain veneers are made specifically for the person who is to wear them. This makes them almost impossible to distinguish from your other teeth. Veneers also have the advantage of being resistant to stains from tea, coffee and cigarette smoke.
With veneers, as opposed to crowns, your teeth remain for the most part intact, as only a small amount needs to be taken off for the veneer to fit. For teeth that are so darkened that even teeth whitening procedures do not work, veneers are an excellent choice for making them look a bright shade of white. Porcelain veneers are also an excellent solution for teeth that overlap, or teeth that have small gaps.
Porcelain Veneer Disadvantages
Once they are installed, porcelain veneers cannot be reversed because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced in the preparation stages. It takes at least a week or so of lab time to create porcelain veneers, so they are not a fast solution that can be done in one office visit.
After the porcelain veneers are in place, you may be sensitive to hot and cold food and beverages for some time. This is due to the removal of the enamel of your teeth. This should go away within a few days time. Veneers can be brittle, so you must be careful not to chew your fingernails, crunch ice or bite on man-made items with them because they could break.
Porcelain Veneers Vs. Crowns
Dental crowns are another way to restore the look of your teeth and are designed to fit over the tooth. They can fix issues with functionality as well as cosmetic issues. They are also ideal with teeth that are cracked or broken, which are issues that veneers cannot fix.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, porcelain veneers can last for up to 20 years, or even longer if one is careful in their use. How much are porcelain veneers? That can vary depending on where you live. You can schedule a consultation to discuss treatment and costs.
Find Out of Porcelain Veneers are Right for You!
If you think dental veneers are the right choice to give you a better smile, contact us at Baystate Dental. We take pride in having served the Greater Springfield area for more than three decades. Our staff can help you decide if porcelain veneers are the right dental solution for you, or if you will be better served with another dental procedure. We provide comprehensive dental services for every member of your family.
We have many years of experience in general dentistry, and in giving people beautiful smiles with porcelain veneers. Since 1983, we have been in the business of giving people healthier mouths and beautiful smiles. Our experienced and caring staff will make you feel at ease, and answer any and all questions you have about the procedure. We want to get you on the road to better dental health. Contact a convenient office near you for all your dentist needs in Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts.