A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain that mimics natural tooth enamel. They are bonded to the front of a tooth to cover up imperfections.
Porcelain veneers can mask a wide range of imperfections which is why they are a very versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure. Porcelain veneers can fix a variety of cosmetic flaws, including:
- Worn-down enamel
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain that fit over the front surface of your tooth. They are designed to resemble natural teeth, so they are unnoticeable and are resistant to stains and discoloration.
However, porcelain veneers can get chipped or fractured and, hence, are not a good choice for people who clench or grind their teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
First, our experienced dentist in Oklahoma City, OK will complete a thorough oral examination. This evaluation will help us determine if veneers are the best treatment option for you. We will also take X-rays to help determine the health of your teeth and gums.
To prepare the teeth for veneers, the enamel will be slightly filed down to allow for their thickness. An impression is taken of the teeth and sent to a lab for the fabrication of your veneers. Temporary veneers can be placed while your permanent ones are being fabricated.
Once the porcelain veneers are ready, the temporary veneers are removed, and the permanent ones are put in place and adjusted properly. The dentist will then use a special light to harden the dental cement, so it will bond permanently with the veneers.
When Are Veneers Not Recommended?
While veneers are a good option for many people, they are not right for everyone. In fact, there are several reasons why dental veneers may not be right for you.
First, if you have major dental health issues, such as decay or gum disease, veneers may not be an appropriate solution. This is because, while veneers can fix the appearance of your smile, they will not fix the underlying problems. If you have a cavity, veneers will not fix it. If you have a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis), veneers will not fix it.
Besides, if you clench or grind your teeth, veneers will not be an appropriate option. This is because, over time, the constant pressure you place on your teeth can break or wear down the dental veneer.
Aftercare for Veneers
Veneers can last 10 to 15 years with proper care. The most important step in caring for your veneers is to avoid damaging them, such as when biting into hard objects like ice or pens.
Schedule an appointment today at J. Russell Danner, DDS in Oklahoma City by calling 405-749-1676.