Porcelain veneers are a favored cosmetic enhancement due to the fact that they look completely natural, last several years, and can transform the smile dramatically. This cosmetic procedure can cover a chipped tooth, mild misalignment, gaps between teeth, shape or proportion irregularities, and severe discoloration in just two office visits.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Dental veneers are tooth-shaped shells that are created in the ideal hue to match surrounding teeth. They may be fabricated from various materials, but none as natural looking as porcelain, which refracts light just as tooth enamel does. Also similar to enamel, porcelain is a material that can be seen through ever so slightly. The fact that porcelain is so much like natural enamel allows you to correct only one or two teeth, rather than feel as though all teeth must be covered to create a cohesive appearance.
Porcelain is known as a delicate material, often used to create fragile artwork or decorative items. This material, however, is quite durable as porcelain veneers. Our patients from Highlands and the surrounding areas receive long lasting enhancement from this treatment, aided by the bonding process. Upon bonding veneers to the teeth, the entire structure is strengthened, and they will last for many years with proper care.
Caring for porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers can last several years. The better they are cared for, the longer they will last. To ensure that your porcelain veneers last as long as possible:
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene, with daily brushing and flossing.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste on veneers so that they do not become worn down.
- Inform dental providers that you have veneers, so the right techniques and products are used during exams and cleanings.
- Avoid biting on objects that could damage veneers, such as pen caps or ice cubes.
- Maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. This is beneficial in some ways and a factor that needs attention in others. When all visible teeth are covered with porcelain veneers, there is no concern over imbalance in color. In instances where only one, or a few, teeth are treated, at some point, natural enamel can look different, as it becomes dull or discolored. This issue is easily remedied with professional whitening.
To discover the life changing benefits of an enhanced smile, contact Pure Gold Dental.