A porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin layer of ceramic material, which is placed over a tooth surface to create a new smile. Veneers can be an ideal choice for teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or simply not cosmetically pleasing to you. For many people, teeth may have been chipped, become discolored, or slightly cracked. For the majority of these people, porcelain veneers can prove to be a perfect solution.
When placing porcelain veneers, we pay close attention to the patient’s surrounding teeth and the design of each veneer to complement the overall smile. The result is a beautiful and attractive new smile.
The procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discoloured or unsightly portion of the tooth, and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. Once we have shaped the tooth, we will take an impression. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where your new restoration will be made. Meanwhile, a temporary veneer is made out of plastic and placed on the tooth. This will protect your tooth while the real veneer is being fabricated. At the second appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed and the porcelain veneer is bonded to your tooth.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Porcelain veneers are considered the best as they last the longest, while composite veneers are made up of a slightly cheaper material that is not as strong as porcelain. These are used to deal with smaller problems like a chipped tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, instant veneers are not custom made.
With reasonable precautions, dental veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. While you can eat almost anything you like, it is important to exercise reasonable precautions because dental veneers are not indestructible. Porcelain is a glass and can shatter with excessive pressure.
No, it won’t ruin your teeth. Your teeth are still safe and protected underneath the veneers.