Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that are secured to the surfaces of the front teeth to mask chips, cracks, stains, discoloration, minor misalignment, and gaps between teeth. These wafer-thin shells are made from porcelain, which like tooth enamel is slightly translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather that simply reflecting it. As a result, porcelain veneers are completely natural looking; they blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and provide an ideal alternative to traditional metal restorations. If you are seeking an attractive dental solution to cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers provide beautiful results that can have a trans-formative impact on your life.
The Placement Process
The process for placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive and though the use of the latest in dental technology at I love mydentist®, typically requires just one or two appointments at our office. To provide space for the veneers and ensure that the surface is properly prepared for the bonding element, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the teeth being treated. For the comfort of the patient a local anesthetic can be used to minimize or eliminate any discomfort that may result from this step in the treatment process. Once the outer layer of enamel has been removed, an impression will be made of the teeth, this provides us with exact specifications of the teeth, allowing us to customize the veneers to meet the patient’s needs. Once the impression has been taken, it is fabricated at our dental laboratory so we can help ensure that the restoration meets our patient specific needs and expedite the treatment process by eliminating superfluous dental appointments.
Once the permanent porcelain veneers have been fabricated, they will be placed on the teeth. The surface of the tooth will be roughened slightly so that the dental cement can bond more securely to the tooth. Once is place, your cosmetic dentist at I love mydentist® will adjust the porcelain veneers as necessary so that they sit flush with surrounding teeth and are aligned properly.
Once the ideal position has been secured, excess bonding cement is removed from the edges of the veneers, and the restorations are polished. The process is then complete, and the smile is restored. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last many years.
Risks and Benefits
The benefits of porcelain veneers are many: they mask cosmetic flaws, are durable, allow for full functionality, provide long-term results, and can transform a person’s self-confidence and personal life. We happily offer porcelain veneers at I love mydentist® practice because we have had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand the impact they can have on a person’s disposition. If you want to improve your smile, porcelain veneers are a tremendous option.
Porcelain Veneers are not from everyone, however. More severe dental complications cannot be corrected with porcelain veneers, and the placement process is irreversible. Because a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be removed before the veneers can be placed, they cannot be removed without risking the health and structural integrity of the teeth that have been treated. This is something to consider, and to discuss with your dentist at I love mydentist®, if you are weighing the risks and benefits of porcelain veneers.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
Are veneers right for you? Contact I love mydentist® today.
We offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry treatments at our dental practice to meet our patient’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact I love mydentist® if you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers. We would be happy to arrange a consultation.