When you’re searching for methods to improve the look of your teeth, porcelain veneers provide a shell that goes on the front of a tooth to cover it up and create a beautiful appearance. Dental veneers are one of the best options available for improving your smile and the look of your teeth. With porcelain veneers, a dentist attaches thin porcelain to the side of a tooth; this creates the appearance of a perfect tooth. A veneer is a thin porcelain covering that is bonded onto the front a tooth, usually front teeth, that can improve the looks and strength of a tooth or teeth. They require little or no drilling of the teeth. They are not strong when held in your fingers, but are very strong once bonded to the tooth.
Why would I need porcelain veneers?
This is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that covers a variety of problems with your teeth. The porcelain, which is colored to look like a real tooth, goes over a range of issues, including cracked or worn teeth, uneven teeth, and spaces between teeth. These laminate veneers improve the look of your smile, and in some cases, they can prevent further dental work by protecting vulnerable areas. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Are porcelain veneers better for me than other options?
Instead of porcelain, you could have composite resin as the material covering your teeth. Your dentist can help determine which one is better for the situation, as the composite resin is often used for minor cosmetic concerns while porcelain is recommended for more extensive cases of cracks, wear, and other problems.
Sometimes, a dentist would recommend a different dental procedure before or instead of veneers. For instance, whitening might be a better choice for minor discoloration, and orthodontic methods could improve gaps and crooked teeth. Crowns are a similar option to porcelains, but they cover the entire tooth and are often preferable when there is a large amount of decay, or a lot of the tooth is missing from another cause.
What could I expect from the porcelain veneer placement process?
Your dentist needs to prep your teeth by polishing or drilling away parts of the teeth. For the most part, a dentist will try to limit the depth of the trimming to just the tooth’s enamel layer.
That way, all aspects of the veneer’s internal surface will be bonded directly onto enamel. (The type of tooth structure with which the most secure and predictable bond can be made.)
It’s permissible that in some areas the trimming may extend deeper and on into the tooth’s dentin layer. Dentists have agents that can adhere to this type of tooth tissue too. It’s just that the bond created is less secure than with enamel. Then, you have a mold set up to help the lab customize the veneer shape and size. While you wait, wear temporary ones that your dentist will adjust, take a mold of and photograph to guide the lab. Then, the dentist bonds the dental laminates to the teeth.