A great smile is a great aesthetic to your overall appearance; the opposite is true. As such, investing in your smile is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. Imperfections such as staining, gaps, smaller-than-average teeth, and bite issues can make you self-conscious and affect your overall quality of life. If you have any of these dental issues, you may have considered getting porcelain veneers Boynton Beach – thin coverings that fit over the front surface of your teeth. Read on to learn about veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain material designed to bond on the front surface of your tooth to cover dental issues like discoloration, chipping, spacing problems, crowding, and staining from antibiotics or fluorosis. These thin shells are custom-made according to the size, shape, and color of your teeth to closely match your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are among the most popular types, but other options exist, such as composite veneers.
What’s the process of getting porcelain veneers?
Like any other cosmetic dentistry treatment, you will need to consult your dentist to discuss your options and review your cosmetic goals. After the dentist determines that veneers are the best option, they will capture digital scans and images to prepare your smile. The dentist may remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to create room for the veneer. Using the enamel removed, the dentist creates a putty mold of your teeth which is sent to the lab for veneer creation. Some facilities harness the power of 3D mapping technology to create veneer impressions.
While waiting for the lab to prepare your permanent veneers, your dentist bonds temporary veneers on your teeth. Once the permanent veneers are ready, your dentist applies an acidic gel on the front surface of your teeth to dissolve minerals, creating a rough surface for the veneers to bond solidly. Veneer placement typically lasts up to two hours, depending on the number of veneers placed.
Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers fix many dental issues, but not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment. Before you can get veneers, your dentist ensures that you have healthy teeth and gums, meaning issues like tooth decay and gum disease can hinder you from getting veneers. Your dentist must correct any previous dental problems before you can begin veneer treatment.
Veneers are also not preferred for individuals who severely grind or clench their teeth; such habits can splinter or break the veneers easily. Although porcelain is a good and durable material, it is not as strong as natural teeth. If you are considering getting veneers, your dentist can help determine if you are a good candidate.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are known for their durability; they can usually last ten years or longer. To prolong the lifespan of veneers, ensure you practice good oral hygiene and avoid certain habits like grinding, using your teeth as tools, and biting down hard foods.
If you have more questions about porcelain veneers, consult your dentist at Hugh B. Rosenblatt, D.M.D., P.A.