Porcelain Veneers

Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have allowed us to shape your smile based upon your preference. So, even if you are unhappy with your teeth, you shouldn’t give up hope! 

When you flip through beauty magazines, one of the things you’ll notice is the many gorgeous smiles. Before you look into the mirror and frown, take comfort in knowing that these models may have also had ordinary-looking teeth before they got featured. What did they do? The answer is porcelain veneers.

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Porcelain Veneers

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are durable shells made of porcelain. These shells may be thin but they are surprisingly durable. Your cosmetic dentist will carefully shape these shells and place them over the front surface and sides of your teeth. However, before they are attached, your cosmetic dentist will first shave down a few parts of your enamel so the veneers can fit comfortably. 

Are Porcelain Veneers Better Than Resin-Based Composite Veneers?

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and resin-based composite. Although resin-based veneers look quite like porcelain, they are different in many ways. Porcelain veneers are more popular because although they are more expensive and require enamel removal, they do not stain and can last up to 20 years!

Meanwhile, resin-based composite veneers are cheaper but they only last for about five years. Unfortunately, they are also known to stain over time. 

How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?

If you’re planning to get porcelain veneers, it pays to be informed about the process. How are porcelain veneers applied? Let’s find out. 

Step 1: Initial Consultation

Not everyone is a candidate for porcelain veneers. To avoid frustration, you should consult with your cosmetic dentist. First, your teeth and gums will be examined. Next, you’ll discuss your concerns and goals. This will be followed by a treatment plan once you qualify. The customized plan will outline the overall cost of the treatment and help you to better understand the process.

Step 2: Teeth Preparation

Some parts of your enamel will be shaved down so the veneers can fit perfectly. The amount of enamel to be removed will depend on your teeth. Don’t worry, your cosmetic dentist will let you know how much is needed. The process of removing enamel is completely painless because you will be anesthetized. After preparing your teeth, temporary veneers are attached while you wait for the permanent ones to be completed.

Step 3: Final Application of Veneers

When your permanent veneers are done, you will be scheduled for another appointment. The temporary veneers are removed and the permanent ones are placed. 

How Do You Care For Your Veneers? 

When you are wearing porcelain veneers, avoid biting into hard objects, use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night, and don’t open items using your teeth. Furthermore, you may still develop cavities. So, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly for professional teeth cleaning treatments. When you properly care for your veneers, they can serve you for more than 20 years. 

Are You Interested in Porcelain Veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful way to improve the color, shape, and size of your teeth. They also help close tooth gaps and hide cracks and chips. Overall, it’s a great investment. At Lifeway Dental, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive and superior quality dental care. Our years of experience in the industry have given us the confidence and expertise to handle any dental case. If you have questions about our services, contact us today to learn more!