Would you like to make slight adjustments in the color, size, or position of some of your teeth? You may want to consider porcelain veneers.
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Why Porcelain Veneers?
If you have teeth that are only slightly crooked, discolored, or out of position, you probably don’t want to go through the hassle of having them removed and replaced. While some patients opt for cosmetic crowns, these usually don’t need to be used unless the affected tooth is cracked, decayed, or otherwise seriously damaged. Porcelain veneers offer patients that want to adjust the appearance of some of their teeth a convenient and easy solution.
Veneers are thin, custom-made moldings that cover the fronts of problem teeth. We take extra care to custom-create your veneers by taking moldings and sending them off to a dedicated dental laboratory. Once your tailor-made veneers are returned to our office, we apply them to the teeth using an adhesive material that bonds it to the original tooth structure. Once the veneer has been put on, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Because porcelain veneers are molded with the patient’s individual mouth and mind, they are almost entirely indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. And unlike normal teeth, veneers resist coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke stains.
While dental crowns can provide many of the same benefits as veneers, they require that the tooth is significantly altered in order to secure the dental crown. With veneers, your natural teeth are able to remain largely intact, with only a minimal amount of alteration necessary.
What to expect
Getting porcelain veneers is a beneficial process that occurs over a few dental visits. After a consultation and deciding to move forward with this smile-enhancing cosmetic treatment, patients may undergo a cleaning. If tooth repair is needed, such as fillings, appropriate care is provided. The final pre-treatment step may be to whiten teeth. This is advantageous for people who are having just one or two veneers placed. Veneers cannot be whitened so brightening natural enamel before getting veneers ensures a consistent, radiant smile.
To begin the veneer process, Dr. Jirik administers a local anesthetic. This maintains comfort as teeth are reduced slightly using a dental instrument. The reduction of teeth is necessary so the thin veneers lie flush and teeth do not appear too thick. After teeth are reduced, impressions are taken. This creates a mold of the teeth to receive veneers. The mold is sent to the dental lab responsible for manufacturing the veneers. Temporary veneers may be placed over the teeth that have been reduced. This diminishes sensitivity while waiting for the final restorations to be placed.
A second visit is arranged to finalize the smile makeover. During this visit, temporary veneers are removed and teeth are cleaned of any dental cement. The new veneers are placed on teeth using a mild adhesive so they can be evaluated for shape, shade, and fit. If necessary, Dr. Jirik makes minor adjustments to the veneers. Once the appearance of the new veneers is perfect, the thin shells are bonded to teeth.
How long does the procedure take?
The complete process of getting porcelain veneers can take a couple of weeks. This allows time for the dental lab to fabricate beautiful, lifelike covers for the teeth. Each visit may take an hour or two, depending on the number of teeth that are being treated. Our team can inform you about each of your appointments so you know how much time to allot.
What to expect during recovery
There is no need to take time off to recover from porcelain veneer treatment. If your teeth feel sensitive or sore, you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage comfort. For a few weeks after porcelain veneer treatment, the bite may feel slightly odd. This is because the teeth have been reduced and added to through this cosmetic process. By two weeks after final veneers are bonded, the teeth should feel normal again.
Are there any Downsides to Porcelain Veneers?
The biggest downside of porcelain veneers is their irreversibility — once you receive a porcelain veneer, you will never be able to let that tooth it’s placed on stand on its own again. This is because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced when the veneers are put on. Following treatment, you will have some increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures because of this reduction in tooth enamel. Fortunately, this sensitivity typically fades within a few days.
Interested in porcelain veneers, but not sure if you’re a good candidate for the procedure? Contact the practice of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS today to schedule your consultation appointment.
Do Porcelain Veneers need to be replaced?
Veneers can last for 10 years or longer when you take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing remain critical even when the front of a tooth or teeth is covered by a veneer. It is still possible for decay to develop at the margins of the veneer. The gums can become inflamed or infected by oral bacteria. These problems could degrade a tooth, requiring the replacement of veneers in the repair process.
Can My Dental Veneers break?
Dental porcelain is made to be very resilient. However, like natural teeth, a veneer can chip or crack. Depending on the circumstance, a veneer can fall off completely. How does this happen? By biting something too hard for the veneer to handle. For example, biting on a pen cap or using teeth to open packages. It is not difficult to take good care of veneers and avoid using teeth improperly. Doing so significantly increases the life span of your beautiful new smile.
Can I only eat certain foods with veneers?
It is possible to eat most foods when you have porcelain veneers. The exception is to eat hard foods carefully, avoiding biting them with the front teeth. Additionally, studies show that the tensile strength of veneers makes them susceptible to damage. Tensile strength is the durability of a bond when twisted. For veneered teeth, damage could occur if you bite into something and twist, like tearing off a bite of jerky or taffy. This type of biting should be avoided. It is possible to drink dark beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine when you have veneers. However, natural enamel can be stained by these substances so you will want to rinse your mouth with water after consuming food or drinks that can stain the teeth.
Is a Porcelain Veneers procedure painful?
This treatment is not painful. A local anesthetic numbs the part of the mouth being treated when teeth are reduced. During the second visit, patients generally do quite well without any anesthetic. This is because that visit focuses only on removing temporary veneers and applying the new covers. Some patients may experience sensitivity that lasts a week or two after the final veneers are applied. Using a sensitive-teeth toothpaste may help and, if needed, an over-the-counter pain reliever may be taken. After about two weeks, sensations should return to normal.
Are Dental Veneers covered by insurance?
Porcelain veneer treatment is cosmetic. It is not categorized as a restorative dental treatment, even though veneers are often used to disguise imperfections like cracks or chips. Being that the purpose of porcelain veneers is to improve the appearance of the smile, dental insurance companies do not cover the costs of treatment.