What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit on the front of a tooth. They look natural and are practically impossible to detect. Some dental patients choose veneers to correct dental problems such as:
- Stained teeth that don’t respond to professional whitening
- Significant gaps between the upper or lower front teeth
- Uneven spacing between several upper or lower teeth
- Chipped teeth or teeth worn down by excessive grinding
At Cypress Family Dental, we strive to please our patients, but we also want to do what’s best for your oral health and lifestyle. While veneers have benefits, they aren’t the best option for everyone. An ideal candidate for veneers has healthy teeth and gums. Any dental issues such as disease or decay must be addressed prior to placing veneers.
For those who grind or clench their teeth, veneers are not a good option. While porcelain veneers are durable, continuously grinding or clenching your teeth can cause them to weaken and eventually chip or break. Porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, but they can loosen over time, which means veneers may need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Preparing for Porcelain Veneers
If you are a candidate for veneers, you will need to have a very thin bit of enamel removed from the sides and front of the teeth being treated. This is to make room for the veneer and to ensure a natural look. After the enamel is removed, an impression of your teeth is taken, and the color of the veneers is chosen. A dental lab uses the impression to custom fit the porcelain veneers to your teeth. This step usually takes several days to complete. There is the possibility of wearing temporary veneers while waiting for the permanent ones. Once the veneers are ready, you will return to the office for fitting. We will check the shape and fit of the veneers and once everything is perfect, we’ll make sure your teeth are clean before bonding the veneers in place.
After Getting Your Veneers
Some patients experience a brief adjustment period after having their veneers placed. They feel slightly different from your natural teeth. That feeling will pass as you become more comfortable with the veneers. In cases where the bite is off or a patient feels discomfort, an adjustment usually remedies the issue right away.
As with your regular oral hygiene routine, you should keep your gums and teeth clean by brushing and flossing as normal because cavities can develop around or under veneers.
If you’re ready for the smile you’ve dreamed about, get in touch with our office today so that we can schedule your porcelain veneer consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to the family!