Many people do not believe they will ever have a smile that they can be proud of. This can be because the person has chipped or misshapen teeth, gaps between their teeth, or yellow teeth. All of these imperfections cause the person who has them to be ashamed and reluctant to smile. For people suffering from these problems, porcelain veneers are available.
Veneers are shells made of a thin ceramic material called porcelain. They are made to cover your existing teeth, and are more stain resistant than natural tooth enamel. They look and feel exactly like your real teeth, and no one will be able to tell you have them. Veneers can be used to completely transform a patient’s smile. They can be used to close gaps, cover chipped or misshapen teeth, and cover yellowed teeth. Most sets of porcelain veneers will last for more than ten years.
The procedure for getting porcelain veneers is relatively simple. Most patients will be required to visit their dental office a total of three times: once to design their veneers, another time to actually create them, and a third visit to have them placed over their existing teeth. First, the dentist will discuss the details of the procedure with you and make sure that porcelain veneers are the best option. Next, a small amount of enamel will be removed from each tooth that is receiving a veneer. This is a simple and painless procedure. An impression of your smile will then be taken and sent to a lab so that a skilled ceramist can handcraft your veneers. Most veneers can be crafted in one to two weeks. Finally, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth using bonding cement and a special light. The complete bonding process usually takes one to two hours total.
You should care for your porcelain veneers just as you previously cared for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth should continue as normal. Some dentists suggest switching to a non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent damage to the surface of the veneers. Porcelain veneers can not be damaged by cleaning them.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for those wishing to completely transform their smile. Veneers can be used to cover chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, and yellowed teeth. The procedure for receiving veneers is simple and painless. After receiving your veneers, you will want to show the world your new and greatly improved smile.