Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for fixing a number of cosmetic dental flaws. They can help fix teeth that are stained by food and drink, aging, and certain medications as well as teeth that are chipped. Veneers can also help lengthen teeth that appear too short or too small and can widen teeth to fill in gaps.
Veneers that are made of porcelain have advantages over veneers made of resin and other materials. Porcelain reflects light in a more natural way, which makes porcelain veneers look more like your own natural teeth. They are also more stain resistant than resin veneers, allowing you to have a beautiful, sparkling smile for a much longer time.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Are you interested in talking to Dr. Briese about whether porcelain veneers are a good choice for you? Call our Rayne dental office today to schedule a consultation appointment. At this appointment, Dr. Briese will ask you questions about your expectations for veneers, or oral health history, and your oral hygiene habits. He will also perform an exam and request x-rays to determine the condition of your teeth and gums.
When determining whether porcelain veneers are a good choice for you, Dr. Briese will carefully consider a number of factors:
- Your willingness to commit to good oral hygiene habits
- Your current oral health including any periodontal disease
- Whether you have a tendency to grind or clench your teeth
- The state of the enamel on your teeth
People who currently have advanced periodontal disease or significant decay are not good candidates for dental veneers. While veneers do an excellent job of concealing dental flaws, they are not effective at treating ongoing problems, and placing veneers on top of a tooth that is decayed will not stop the decay from spreading behind the veneer.
Placing Porcelain Veneers
Once Dr. Briese has confirmed that you are a good candidate for dental veneers, you will be scheduled to have your teeth prepped. Veneers are placed on the surface of the tooth beneath your enamel, so a thin layer (about a half a millimeter) of your enamel will need to be removed. Once this is done, we will take impressions to send to the dental lab that makes our restorations. Temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth to protect them and reduce sensitivity while your veneers are being made.
You will return to our office when the veneers are complete. After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Briese will remove your temporary veneers. Using dental cement, your permanent veneers will be bonded to your teeth. After checking that the fit is correct and that the veneers look good, a special light is used to cure the cement. After Dr. Briese has checked the fit and appearance of your veneers again, you will be free to leave and show off your beautiful new smile.
Caring for Veneers
Veneers do not require extra care. Brush twice daily as usual and floss every evening. Maintaining good dental hygiene is still important. Don’t use your teeth to chew or bite anything other than food as your veneers could chip, crack, or even come off. This means no fingernail chewing or pencil biting. Come in for your regular twice yearly checkups so that Dr. Briese can check the condition of your veneers. With good habits, your veneers should last you approximately five to ten years. After this time, they will need to be replaced.
Call our office today to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.