Your smile speaks volumes about who you are! When you wear a confident smile, you’ll always make a great impression. These days, there are numerous ways to achieve that picture-perfect smile. One option that has become quite popular is veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or veneer laminates. They are super-thin pieces of porcelain designed to cover the front surface of teeth to create a natural look. These pieces are bonded to the front of teeth and has the capability to change color, shape, size or length.
Having a consultation is the first step to determining if porcelain veneers are right for you. They are an effective option in most situations where your tooth has developed poor color or shape. It is also a good choice for gaps between teeth, fractured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, or bite-related issues.
Porcelain veneers are precisely sculpted for each patient, so it is virtually impossible to tell the difference. Different from crowns, your natural teeth remain intact. This procedure can add an instant white smile, and fix overlaps and small gaps in teeth. Custom-made porcelain veneers resist coffee stains and cigarette smoke.
There can be potential problems to veneers. This treatment is determined to be irreversible, due to a portion of the original tooth enamel being reduced. Adjustments and a whole net set can be created, you can never return to the condition of the tooth. After the procedure, you may have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This usually disappears within a few days. If properly maintained, —and where destructive forces are minimized or eliminated—a patient should be able to use porcelain veneers like his or her own teeth. Even though very strong, they are also fragile. You should avoid biting your fingernails, chewing ice, or opening bottles with your veneers.
Although they may need to be replaced due to gum line shrinkage or leaking, they can typically last 10-30 years which is a durable way to go. A great alternative to crowns and some dental conditions.
For proper maintenance, treat them as you would your own teeth with daily brushing flossing. Dentists recommended using fluoride toothpaste. Shortly after your procedure, you’ll have a follow-up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your veneers are reacting. As with regular dental cleanings, you should have your them professionally polished to make sure they are at their best.
If you are looking for quality, professional dental care, Dr. Barkhorder is among the best. His knowledge and experience will help you to make an informed decision. Dr. Barkhorder is committed to changing the way you think about cosmetic procedures. Contact Dr. Barkhorder for a consultation to discuss if are right for you.