Dental Porcelain Veneers
What is a dental porcelain veneer?
Veneers cover existing teeth with thin shells made of porcelain. The purpose of having veneers placed on a person’s teeth is to cover damaged, unsightly teeth and recreate the look of a polished, healthy mouth.
Why should a person get porcelain veneers placed on his or her teeth?
If an individual has certain oral health issues, they will benefit from porcelain veneers. Such tooth issues include :
- Worn down teeth.
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Gaps in the teeth that need to be closed.
Dental porcelain veneers usually last from between seven and 15 years and are a long-lasting investment in a person’s smile.
How are porcelain veneers placed on a person’s teeth?
People seeking porcelain veneers should expect to make two appointments to complete the procedure. During the first appointment, the patient may ask any questions they have. Then, teeth will be prepared to receive the veneers by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Removing tooth enamel ensures that veneers placed on the teeth will look natural. Finally, models will be taken of the patient’s teeth, and the dentist will decide which color the veneers will be. Before the person leaves the office, a temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth to protect it until the custom-made veneer arrives.
During the second visit, the dentist prepares to place the custom-made veneer on top of the specially prepared teeth. The dentist takes off the temporary veneer, cleans the teeth again, then puts a unique dental adhesive on the tooth. The new veneer is cured using a unique dental light, after which the dentist checks the fit of the new veneer and polishes it. At that point, the patient is finished with the porcelain veneer procedure and has lovely, healthy-looking teeth.