The porcelain laminate veneers are thin layers of dental ceramic materials that are fixed to the front part of your teeth with the help of a special resin adhesive. Veneers are used to replace the tooth’s enamel and to enhance the cosmetic look of your teeth by masking any moderate dental imperfections. Your dentist will match the color of the porcelain used with the color of your teeth, and they will be virtually unobservable. Veneers do not stain and can last for 20 years or more, as a result of the porcelain used in the manufacture of the veneer.
How can veneers help you?
Veneers can correct any minor to moderate dental problems and imperfections. Veneers can:
- Cover minor cracks in your teeth
- Restore any chipped tooth
- Close up moderate spaces between your teeth
- Change the color of stained teeth
- Correct minor bite problems
- Rebuild worn down teeth as a result of tooth grinding
Unfortunately, veneers are unable to replace orthodontic treatments. So if your teeth are badly out of their correct position, you will have to wear braces. Also, if you have insufficient tooth structure, the dentist will be unable to attach the veneer.
How to restore teeth with veneers
Your dentist determines if you are a good candidate for veneers or not. If they give you the clearance for this procedure, then the whole process of “dressing” your teeth will last for one to three weeks (it depends on the dental laboratory that crafts the veneers if it is in-house or not). The process takes two-three visits. Firstly, your dentist will create a model of your teeth. Then they will make a temporary set of veneers out of plastic. You will wear these for up to two weeks while you get the feeling of the veneers. Once you and our dentist decide on the form and shade of your veneers, the porcelain veneers will be crafted. Before the veneers are bonded to your teeth, your tooth surface will be scraped away to accommodate the veneers (1mm or less). Recently a new procedure that does not require the enamel removal has been implemented. This type of veneers that requires no surface reduction have the advantage of being reversible but are not as effective as the regular veneers.
Taking care of your porcelain veneers
Veneers are robust enough to resist normal brushing and flossing. You should take care of your veneers just as you should take care of your natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss regularly. Porcelain veneers are like glass, unfortunately, and they can shatter. But this happens only if you bent them drastically, so you can eat almost anything. If you suffer from tooth grinding at night, then you will probably have to wear a night mouth guard while you sleep to protect your veneers.
Ask your dentist if you can correct your dental problems with the help of veneers and if you can undergo such a procedure.