Porcelain veneers are similar to dental crowns, but rather than cover the entire tooth, they cover the front and sometimes the sides of a tooth. Porcelain veneers are a popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry because they correct a number of aesthetic and functional dental concerns, including:
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Uneven or crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. The fine dental porcelain that is used to create these ultra-thin restorations reflects light just as natural tooth enamel would. Permanently attached, the material is also highly durable and stain-resistant.
The procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation, where our dentists inspect the teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints, and muscles. We also review your medical and dental history, take necessary diagnostic x-rays and imaging as well as screen for periodontal disease. Once we’ve outlined a treatment plan, we’ll discuss in detail the specifics of your procedure as well as the time and cost associated with your porcelain veneers.
To accommodate the space the veneers will take in the mouth, our dentists must prepare the teeth by removing a tiny amount of the natural tooth structure. We believe in taking the most conservative approach possible and removing as little of the natural tooth as possible.
While the porcelain veneers are being made at a dental laboratory, we may fit you for temporaries. This will also give you an opportunity to “try on” your proposed treatment to be sure they are exactly what you had in mind. The final porcelain veneers will be tinted to match the color of your natural teeth and they will be permanently bonded to the front of your teeth for beautiful and natural-looking results.
Find out how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted with porcelain dental veneers. Contact Barataria Dental to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained dentists.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
How long do dental veneers last?
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are durable and highly resistant to stains from food and drink so you can be sure your smile will remain youthful and bright. As with any dental restoration, regular visits to the dentist are needed to monitor and maintain the longevity of your porcelain veneers.
Are there alternatives to dental veneers?
There are various options for patients considering veneers for teeth. If porcelain veneers are not an option, we may recommend alternative treatments such as dental bonding which can temporarily improve the appearance of your smile for a fraction of the cost.
What can’t you do with porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are designed to be durable and last. However, they can still chip or break. Avoid habits like chewing ice or biting down on hard candy and hard foods with your veneers.
Can porcelain veneers stain?
Porcelain veneers are made of durable, stain-resistant ceramic. But it’s still possible for them to stain. After years of heavy smoking or coffee drinking, you may notice staining on your veneers.
Can I whiten my porcelain veneers?
No, porcelain veneers don’t respond to traditional whitening techniques. This is why it’s important to watch lifestyle habits and consumption of staining materials.
Can I get cavities with porcelain veneers?
While the veneers themselves aren’t impacted by tooth decay, they only cover the front and sides of your teeth. The back of your tooth is still susceptible to decay, plaque, and tartar buildup. Make sure you keep up with a steady oral healthcare routine.
How do I take care of my porcelain veneers?
One of the best perks of veneers is that they’re easy to take care of. All you have to do is follow a normal oral healthcare routine. Brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly for checkups!
Am I an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers?
To get porcelain veneers, it’s required that you’re in overall good oral health. Veneers are a cosmetic solution, not a restorative one. It’s important to recognize that veneers are also a permanent process. Once you get veneers, you can’t go back to your teeth without them. The tooth structure is removed to make room for the veneers. If you have stained teeth that don’t respond to traditional whitening techniques or teeth with other aesthetic problems, veneers might be the best choice for you.