A shining smile can light up the room and can inspire even more smiles, while a smile that suffers of teeth damage, stains and corrosion sends absolutely different message. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with beautiful natural smile, but porcelain veneers can help you improve the appearance of teeth that are already worn, malformed, cracked, displaced or discolored.
Porcelain veneers are very similar to real teeth. Its translucent nature allows the veneers to mimic enamel characteristics, which is not possible with other materials. Since veneers are individually designed for each patient, it is almost impossible to see the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. With porcelain veneers you can look and feel more confident and have a wonderful shining smile. Call our Santa Clarita dentist today to schedule an appointment or learn more at (661) 290-2825.
What Is a Porcelain Veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a semi-translucent, wafer-thin shell or coating made of tooth-colored porcelain. It is bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.
What Types of Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers can be used to cover a variety of cosmetic dental problems:
- Stained or discolored teeth (this could happen because of root canal treatment, resin fillings, stains form tetracycline or other drugs, etc.)
- Gaps between teeth
- Broken and chipped teeth
- Misshapen, uneven or crooked teeth
- Teeth that are too small or out of proportion
- Worn down teeth
- Too much gum when smiling
- Sensitive teeth
Porcelain Veneers Have a Lot of Benefits
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable. Despite of being very thin and delicate, once bonded to a natural tooth, veneers become strong. If they are well-cared, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. Moreover, you will be able to eat, drink and brush normally: porcelain veneers resist stains even better than natural teeth.
- Speed of the procedure
Porcelain veneers can be applied in two or three visits.
- Natural appearance
Recreating the natural look of teeth, porcelain veneers help create more symmetric and proportional smile.
- Bright smile
Being stain-resistant, porcelain veneers don't pick up permanent stains from intensively colored liquids or cigarettes. They remain brighter and whiter longer than natural teeth. Permanently stained teeth can be whitened with veneers, and you will never have the problem coming back.
Porcelain veneers are able to correct numerous aesthetic defects at once, that means that you spend less time in the dental chair.
- Alternative to other procedures
Porcelain veneers is a good alternative to ortho brackets and other treatments that require months to provide visible result.
- Conservative way to change your smile
Applying porcelain veneers is a conservative way to change your teeth appearance: only a small amount of tooth is removed during this dental procedure.
- Easy care
Porcelain veneers are treated, brushed and flossed like original teeth. After a while, you won't even pay attention that veneers are in your mouth as they become integrated into your natural teeth structure. If you have a habit of clenching your teeth, there is a special night time bite guard that will help you not damage your veneers.
Steps Involved in Applying Porcelain Veneers
- Consultation and Examination
The first step involves examination of your teeth. You should explain the results you want to achieve. We will discuss the diagnosis and further steps.
As soon as your veneers are designed, your teeth's surface should be prepared and re-shaped in order to accommodate the veneers. Before trimming off the enamel, we will decide if there is need for a local anesthetic. Next, the model (or “impression”) of your tooth is made and sent out to a dental laboratory, which constructs your veneer. Usually, it takes one or two weeks to receive the veneers back.
Before the veneer is permanently integrated into your tooth, it will be temporarily placed on your tooth to achieve a proper fit and to see how it looks with your smile. Next, your tooth will be carefully cleaned with a special gel to provide a good structure for the dental cement. Then, the veneers are cemented into place. Once properly bonded, a special light beam is used to the veneer to make the cement harden and cure quickly. The final steps include removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and smile.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is quite easy. You should treat them as your original teeth, routinely brushing and flossing them. One week after the veneers are applied, you will have to return to the dental office for final evaluation to see how your mouth reacts to the veneers. You should also make a regular professional maintenance as porcelain veneers should be polished with a special, non-abrasive paste.
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