What Porcelain Veneers Are
Porcelain veneers are also known as dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates. They are wafer-thin, custom-made shells designed to fit a patient’s teeth to improve the appearance. The tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, length, shape, or size.
Veneers are made from either porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist staining more effectively, and better mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth.
While porcelain veneers do not fix actual oral health problems, they do improve appearance. They are typically used to improve:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Maligned, irregularly shaped, or uneven shapes, such as bulges or craters
- Gaps between the teeth
- Worn-down teeth
Porcelain Veneer Procedure in Bonita Springs
A patient should always consult their dentist on the decision to get a porcelain veneer to improve the appearance of one or all teeth.
Diagnosis and Planning
Explain to your dentist at Bonita Dental Care what results you are attempting to achieve. They will examine your teeth to be sure that a porcelain veneer is appropriate for you. They may also take X-rays and make impressions of your mouth and teeth during this process.
Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth at this time. Before that, they will remove approximately half of a milliliter of enamel from the tooth or teeth that require a porcelain veneer. The impression of the chosen teeth will then be sent to a laboratory, which will construct the veneer.
Before the veneer is bonded permanently, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine the fit and color. They may remove and trim the veneer until the fit is proper. The color can be adjusted with the bonding cement that will be used.
Once the fit is proper, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched. The etching will roughen the teeth, which will allow a stronger bonding process.
Special bonding cement will be applied to the porcelain veneer, and the veneer is then placed on your teeth. Once in the proper position, the dentist will apply a special light to the veneer. This light activates the chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure rapidly.
Excess cement will be removed, and your dentist will evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. They may ask you to return for a follow-up visit within a few weeks, to see how your gums are responding to the veneer and once again check the placement.
Follow-Up Care and Practices
Porcelain veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years, at which point they will need to be replaced. It is good practice to keep up with check-ups, follow-up appointments, and regular cleanings with your dentist.
Porcelain veneers do not require any special care, but you should continue to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth regularly and floss as you normally would.
While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, they are not stain-proof. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods and beverages. It is also advised to avoid things such as alcohol or tobacco.
If you would like to consult a dentist in Bonita Springs about getting a porcelain veneer, call our office at Bonita Dental Care to schedule an appointment and consultation.