Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?
Porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution for some patients wanting to improve the appearance of their smile. When applied by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Ian Buckle, they can produce a natural result with both strength and beauty. Porcelain veneers should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to ensure that the smile is healthy and stable and that the veneers will be long lasting.
Porcelain veneers may be used to:
- Enhance the colour of teeth
- Improve the spacing or alignment of teeth
- Augment the shape or length of teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth to enhance its aesthetics and function. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover a single tooth or multiple teeth as part of a smile transformation. They attach to the front and sides of the tooth covering up cosmetic blemishes and help to protect the tooth from further damage. It is bonded to a prepared tooth for a permanent restoration.
Process for Porcelain Veneers
Getting the smile you’ve always wanted with porcelain veneers may be easier than you think. The process for placing porcelain veneers is actually quite simple. We spend a considerable amount of time in the initial phases of treatment which revolve around assessing your oral health and the stability of your bite. From there, your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs and aesthetic goals.
To accommodate the porcelain veneers in the mouth, preparations must be made to the natural teeth. This involves removing a tiny amount of the natural tooth structure. We are careful to be as conservative as possible in our preparation methods. Impressions of your teeth are made and sent to a dental laboratory where the dental veneers will be hand crafted by highly skilled technicians.
You may be given provisional dental veneers to wear and protect the teeth while your final restorations are being made. Once the final porcelain veneers arrive from the dental laboratory, we will check them for fit and colour and then permanently bond them to the teeth.
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
Caring for your new teeth veneers is simple; just follow a typical oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth with caution to prevent breakage. Do not forget your routine checkups at our Wirral dental practice at least twice a year. Last, you should limit the amount of teeth-staining food and beverages such as coffee, tea, and wine. The best part about dental veneers is they are not susceptible to decay so there is no threat of getting a cavity. Porcelain veneers are designed to last for many years and with proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime.