To recreate natural-looking teeth and make them strong and resilient, thin plates of porcelain called porcelain veneers are used to cover up stains, small cracks including chipped edges.
They are best utilized in patients who wish to conceal imperfections or would like small modifications in size, shape and color of their teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a collection of several layers of ceramic materials used to replace natural enamel by attaching them to the front surface of the teeth.
Approximately ½ millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of your teeth which is exactly the thickness of the veneer that will be added to your teeth. Next impressions are used to create your veneers. The result is a completely restored smile with veneers that are natural looking true smile makeover.
This makes porcelain veneers a complete solution for teeth that have lost its color, shape or contours. Other problems solved by veneers are gaps between teeth, minor-bite problems, stained teeth and teeth fractures.
Advantages of veneers
It is almost impossible to tell the difference between veneers and natural enamel because veneers are uniquely sculpted for each patient. They resist coffee, tea and cigarette stains as opposed to natural teeth.
With veneer, even the dullest teeth can appear brighter and whiter. Also, veneering can fix minor teeth deformities such as twists, overlaps and gaps.
Some possible disadvantages
Porcelain veneers are not reversible cosmetic procedures, because a portion of original enamel is removed from the surface of teeth. Also, they require some lab time which can take around a week to finish before they can be applied.
After getting a new veneer, patients can experience minor sensitivity to hot and cold foods due to the enamel that was removed. This problem, though, disappears with time. With good oral hygiene, porcelain veneer causes no short or long term disadvantages.
Although strong, veneer can be brittle; hence excessive pressure must be avoided on veneered teeth and activities such as nail-biting, ice-chewing and opening bottles with teeth must be avoided.
Maintaining the veneer
Veneers are easily maintained by routine brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and flossing.
You will need a follow-up evaluation to check for any possible mouth reaction. Patients should also seek regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneer needs polishing with a special non-abrasive paste every once in a while.
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