Veneers are among the most popular options in cosmetic dentistry for our patients here at Healthy Smiles. More durable than fillings, more versatile than crowns, and more permanent than whitening, porcelain veneers offer an ideal solution for a large number of dental problems.
Who should get veneers?
Because veneers address so many different aspects of dental care, there are few patients seeking cosmetic dentistry for whom veneers will not work. Porcelain veneers can be used to:
- Offer a longer-lasting whitening solution for those with severely stained or discolored teeth
- Restore evenness to crooked teeth
- Restore the shape of chipped, worn, or otherwise misshapen teeth
- Correct teeth that are too large or small
- Improve the appearance of gaps
- Protect teeth on which most of the enamel has worn away
Often, veneers are used on teeth that are beyond the help of other measures. Cosmetic bonding, for example, can be used to restore chipped teeth, but veneers may be a better option for patients with several severely chipped or cracked teeth. Crowns are ideal for one or two decayed teeth, but veneers may prove to be more affordable if you need more than just a couple of front crowns.
What are veneers, anyway?
Simply put, veneers are thin, professionally shaped pieces of porcelain that are fit onto the front of your teeth to create the white, even smile that you have always wanted. While porcelain dolls are known for their tendency to break, however, porcelain veneers are ideal for their durability. They are bonded onto your teeth, becoming virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Over time, your veneers may need to be replaced; but with proper brushing and flossing, they should last for many years.
What to Expect at the Dentist's Office
Like many cosmetic dental processes, receiving veneers usually takes two appointments. First and foremost, any questions that you have will be answered and you will be walked through the process. Once you are ready, the preparation part of the process can begin.
On this appointment, the front of your teeth will be essentially buffed down and shaped to make room for the veneers. Dr. Na Xu will then make an impression of your teeth, which will be used to create your custom veneers, and you and Dr. Na Xu will choose the shade of white your veneers should be.
On your return appointment, the veneers will actually be bonded onto your teeth. Your teeth will have to be specially cleaned to make a lasting bond possible. Then the veneers will be placed with a bonding cement, and an ultraviolet light will be used to harden the cement and fix the bond permanently. The process shouldn't hurt, but your teeth may be sensitive for a few days afterward as they get used to the new veneers.
You will receive instructions on how best to care for your porcelain veneers at your second appointment. If your teeth are in pain, or if sensitivity persists for longer than a week after getting your veneers, call us right away. If you have any questions, we will be more than happy to answer them for you, and to get you set up with an appointment to regain your healthy smile and your confidence with porcelain veneers.