About Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom-made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and may someday need replacement. However, they are very durable and will give you many years of wonderful service with the proper care.
Reasons For Porcelain Veneers:
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white beautiful smile
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or too large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
Veneers are considered minimally invasive dentistry and can be performed in one of two ways. First is with minimal tooth preparation (reduction), typically between 0.3 and 0.5 mm of tooth reduction. Secondly, they can be completed without any tooth reduction, being applied directly over the face of the tooth, much like a contact lens, changing the color and shape of the teeth without a single injection or any drilling. Currently, the popular “no preparation” veneers are known as LUMINEERS – our dental staff would be happy to discuss the different veneers and their different indications with you.
What Does Getting Porcelain Veneers Involve?
Getting veneers usually requires three visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the entire procedure. At the first visit, the dentist will work with the patient to design the smile of which you’ve always dreamed. The procedure may involve taking impressions to make models of your mouth and taking photographs so we can do a digital rendering of the final results with smile design software. Our models also allow for the fabrication of beautiful lab fabricated temporaries to be ready for your smile transformation. On the second visit, the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is made and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. The temporary veneers will be cemented so that the patient can evaluate the esthetics and occlusion of their new smile. On the third visit, the temporaries will be removed; the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement will be placed between the tooth and the veneer and the cement will be hardened with a special light. Our staff will review all the new care instructions for your veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
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Porcelain veneers FAQs
Do you still need to brush your teeth with veneers?
Even though porcelain veneers are not prone to decay, the surrounding teeth and gums are still vulnerable to harmful bacteria and plaque. Patients should still brush and floss their teeth every day while wearing veneers. Our dental team at Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry can show you how to clean your veneers if you have any questions about care.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
It's difficult to predict the life expectancy of porcelain veneers, although most can last 10 – 15 years with proper care. They can accidentally crack, or an underlying dental issue could cause them to fail. Patients should be proactive and schedule regular cleanings and check-ups in New York to make sure their porcelain veneers and overall oral health is in the best of conditions.
Will the veneers match my other teeth?
Porcelain veneers are made to match your other teeth, both in color and structure. Our experienced dental team can show you examples of what your veneers look like before placing them on your existing teeth. This way, you'll know exactly how they will look after the process is complete. Our goal is to make sure you are completely happy with your smile.