As we age, our teeth naturally begin to wear down, which means they are more susceptible to damage. Chips, discoloration, and cracks can cause issues with self-esteem and also lead to other health problems in the future. Many individuals choose to cover these imperfections with porcelain veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Offered by Samuel F. Jirik DDS, a cosmetic dentist in Little Rock, AR, these are thin shells that are tooth-colored and fit over the teeth. They can cover teeth that are chipped and cracked, and they can also be used for gaps between the teeth or poorly shaped teeth. Porcelain veneers offer many benefits. They are made to look just like your natural teeth and are usually preferred to dental bonding.
Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant, which is why they are a popular choice for individuals with discolored teeth. For instance, individuals with severe discoloration may not benefit from professional teeth whitening and choose porcelain veneers. Individuals who are heavy coffee, tea, or soda drinkers may benefit from having porcelain veneers as opposed to a whitening procedure because they won’t have to worry about stains in the future. In addition, porcelain veneers are a better option than composite veneers because composite veneers can be easily stained.
They are also very durable. When they are properly maintained, they can last for up to 30 years. Moreover, they are comparable with other dental treatments, such as fillings and dental bridges. Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are made from a mold of your tooth and will fit proportionately with the other teeth in your mouth.
What Is the Procedure Done?
You will most likely need to make three visits to your cosmetic dentist to complete the process. The first visit will be a consultation, which will be followed by two visits that enable your dentist to mold and apply the veneer.
Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth to ensure the veneer is the right size and shape. The mold of the tooth will be sent to a laboratory where the veneer will be made. In most cases, it takes about two to four weeks for the laboratory to make the veneer. If you are uncomfortable about how your tooth looks after the enamel has been removed, you can speak with your dentist about having a temporary veneer placed until the permanent one gets back from the lab.
When your permanent veneer arrives, your dentist will temporarily put it on the tooth to ensure that it is a perfect fit. Your tooth will be cleaned and polished before it is permanently bonded on your tooth, and then a light will be used to seal the cement.
Contact the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Cabot, AR near Little Rock.