Porcelain Veneer procedures
Step 1: Consultation
A smile makeover is a true collaboration — between you and us. So the first step is to figure out what you feel needs to be changed about your smile. You should discuss not only the problems you would like to correct, but also the smile you would like to have.
Step 2: Preparing the teeth
When you are satisfied that your dentist understands what you are looking for and the two of you have agreed on a plan, your teeth will be prepared for the new veneers. Tooth preparation varies from polishing the teeth to removing tooth structure from the front, biting edges or sides of the teeth with a dental drill. In addition to the starting condition of the teeth, the amount removed is dependent on the desired result, and position of the teeth; overall the goal is to remove as little tooth structure as possible. As we map out a plan to achieve the desired result, it is important to be clear about this part of the process before it begins, as tooth reduction is not reversible.
Step 3: Laboratory artisans
Once your teeth are prepared, an impression (mold) of them will be made. This will be sent to the dental laboratory, where the technicians will use it to create an exact replica of your teeth upon which the veneers will be made. During the time the veneers are being made, which may take 1-2 days, you will wear a set of provisional veneers, also made of acrylic. These will be cemented onto your teeth and you will be able to go about your daily activities — chewing, speaking and of course, smiling!
Step 4: Cementing the veneer
When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be physically bonded to your teeth in a manner so secure, it would take a dental drill or a laser to remove them. First, both your teeth and the inside of the veneers will be “etched” with a mild acidic solution. This etching process will open up tiny pores in both surfaces. The dentist then applies translucent cement that forms microscopic tags that fit into these pores. It’s a seamless “micromechanical” attachment that will essentially make the tooth and veneer one unit.
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Porcelain Veneer - FAQ
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.
With veneers—as opposed to crowns—your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.
For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white. They are also recommended to quickly fix minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps
Because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced, a veneer is not considered a reversible treatment. Although adjustments and even new veneers can be made, you can never reliably return to the original condition of the tooth.
Creating porcelain veneers requires some laboratory time, so expect at least a few days before they’re ready to be applied.
After the porcelain veneers are attached you will probably have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This typically disappears within a few days. In a healthy mouth properly treated with porcelain veneers—and where destructive forces are minimized or eliminated—a patient should be able to use porcelain veneers like his or her own teeth. Although they’re very strong, veneers are also brittle. You should avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth: don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your veneers!
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional.
One week after your veneers are placed, you will be required to return to the office for a follow-up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your mouth is reacting to the veneers. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, your dentist may fit you with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
You should also return to your dentist for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your dentistry for any sign of potential failure.
Dental veneers are made from porcelain or composite resin. The advantage of porcelain veneers is that they resist stains better than composite resin veneers and better mimic the reflecting properties of natural teeth. However, porcelain veneers have a greater risk of cracking than composite resin, which is a harder material. Composite resin veneers require less shaving of the tooth surface before placement, however, and so are a better option for those with sensitive teeth.
Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. Here are some reasons why we may suggest treatments other than veneers:
- If a tooth has decay or is in an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease). These problems must be treated first.
- If a tooth has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
- If too much of the tooth is missing, a crown may be another option.
- If a person grinds or clenches his or her teeth. This habit is called bruxism and can chip or break porcelain veneers.