Have you been searching for a better, permanent way to improve the look of your smile? Understanding porcelain veneers is important, if you’re considering this very popular option to achieve a superstar smile. It may be the best option for you and your smile goals. If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, let’s take a deeper look into the process, care, and benefits of porcelain veneers.
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Porcelain Veneers Explained
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the front of your teeth. Similar to false nails, porcelain veneers improve the appearance of your teeth just like fake nails improve the look of your nails. Unlike fake nails, porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, so they last and continue giving you a beautiful smile for many years to come! If you have cosmetic concerns, such as:
- Dull or discolored teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Small teeth
- Sharp teeth
Depending on what you’re wanting, you can get as little as one dental veneer, to a full mouth of beautiful veneers. Porcelain veneers last much longer than composite veneers, are more stain resistant, highly durable, and more natural looking – making them a highly popular option for veneers.
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Understanding Porcelain Veneers: The Process
You’ll want to meet with your dentist to discuss candidacy for veneers. You may need to have some dental treatments completed before the veneer process, and your dentist will want to make sure your oral health is in good shape for veneers. Once the process starts, your dentist will:
- Prepare the teeth. This often means removing a small amount of enamel.
- Make an impression of your teeth.
- The impression is sent to the lab to make the veneers.
- Place your veneers! They will be adjusted to fit your mouth and then permanently bonded.
Understanding Porcelain Veneers: After Care
A major benefit of porcelain veneers is a short recovery time. Once your veneers are on and any anesthetic (if needed) has worn off, you can go back to eating and drinking normally. To prolong and preserve the lifespan of your veneers, you can:
- Avoid opening items with your teeth
- Not chew on objects (pens, etc.)
- Wear a mouthguard when you play contact sports
- Use a retainer at night if you experience any teeth clenching or grinding
Porcelain Veneers are Available at GPS Dental
You’ll care for your veneers just like you would your natural teeth. Make sure to stay on top of brushing and flossing, as usual, and your smile will be healthy, beautiful, and lasting!
If you are considering porcelain veneers, contact us today for an evaluation appointment!