For those looking to enhance their smile, porcelain veneers are among the most cosmetic and cost-effective options for creating a more beautiful set of teeth. They can esthetically improve the appearance of crooked, misshapen, misaligned, chipped or discolored teeth, creating dramatic changes with conservative dentistry. Porcelain veneers can be a cost-effective treatment solution for patients with strong and well-positioned teeth who wish to achieve long-term whitening and smile improvement.
When done well, these restorations can straighten teeth, strengthen teeth as well as improve their longevity. Achieving a bright, beautiful and long-lasting smile is available to you at EMA Dental!
Porcelain veneers are a shell of high-quality ceramic material that overlays the front and incisal edge of a natural tooth. They will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They are customized for each patient to achieve the desired cosmetic improvements. The aesthetic changes can be previewed with your dentist through various consultations and can include physical mock-ups or digital smile design.
Porcelain veneers are a conservative option for a full smile makeover. Your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing approximately 0.5mm-1.0mm of enamel from the surface. An impression is then taken to make a physical model of the tooth. This model is then sent out to a carefully chosen dental laboratory where skilled technicians will make your veneer. A temporary veneer will be made for you in-office to be worn while your permanent veneer is being created.
You will return to our office for a second visit once your veneer is ready to be placed. Your dentist will permanently cement your veneer using a light-sensitive resin cement to bond them to your tooth and achieve optimal esthetics.
Porcelain veneers typically require two in office appointments after an initial consultation. The appointments will be minimally two weeks apart to allow the laboratory time to create your veneer. After final placement, you will be asked to return in approximately one week for a follow-up and treatment evaluation.
Porcelain veneers can be brushed and flossed as you normally would to prevent dental problems. It is recommended that regular in-office maintenance and follow-up visits continue to preserve the beauty of your smile makeover. Your dentist may also recommend a nightguard to protect your veneers from unconscious grinding during sleep.
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last 7 to 20 years. Although the veneer itself is non-living, your underlying teeth and surrounding gum tissue may change over time. If a veneer comes off or chips, it can generally be rebounded or replaced.
Porcelain veneers offer a conservative approach to a full smile makeover. They are one of the most durable, natural, and esthetically pleasing restorations in modern cosmetic dentistry. They are also one of the kindest restorations to the gum tissue and cause little irritation.
Porcelain veneers require approximately 0.5mm-1.0mm of tooth reduction and thus are considered an irreversible treatment. Lumineers are an alternative type of porcelain veneer that do not require tooth reduction. These restorations are one of the many veneer options offered at EMA Dental for appropriate cases.
You can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the tooth’s surface enamel during preparation. This is normal and should dissipate within a few days after the placement of the veneers.
Once placed, your porcelain veneers will be very strong and function just like your normal teeth. Porcelain, however, is a glass, and thus behaves in that fashion. It is strong but brittle. You should avoid anything that would put unnecessary stress on your porcelain veneers, such as opening packaging or bottles with your teeth or chewing on bones or excessively sticky candies.