All about Porcelain Veneers

September 15, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Are you embarrassed by your cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth? Do you not like to show your teeth when you smile? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then porcelain veneers may be right for you.

Porcelain veneers are thin tooth-colored coverings that are secured to the front of a tooth which conceal cosmetic issues and give you more peace of mind to smile, and smile big.

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Porcelain veneers have a number of benefits as a cosmetic option. They provide a natural tooth look by covering imperfections like small cracks, chips, and discoloration/stains. Unlike dental crowns, porcelain veneers allow you to keep the natural tooth structure intact and only require removing half a millimeter of enamel to fit the veneer to the front of your tooth.

Veneers are able to resist stains and cavities because they are nonporous. However, this doesn’t mean they’re impervious to them. If you indulge in too many sweets and acidic foods they can dull and even become damaged. With proper care, your porcelain veneers can last for 10 or more years. 

Porcelain Veneers Procedure

The porcelain veneers procedure takes two appointments. During the first appointment. A half millimeter of enamel is removed from each tooth getting a veneer. You may be wondering why you need to lose tooth enamel to get a veneer, and there are two reasons. 

First, it roughens the surface of your tooth, helping the veneer attach and stay there. Second, to maintain a natural appearance because if enamel isn’t removed, it would make your teeth look noticeably bigger. After enamel is removed, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab, then temporary veneers are put on your teeth for protection until the second appointment.

When you return for your permanent veneers our dentist will first double-check that the veneers are the best color and fit. Occasionally slight alterations need to be made, and this is common so there’s nothing to worry about. Next the teeth receiving veneers are cleaned and polished to help them bond with the veneer. Our dentist will then cement the veneers on your teeth and clear away any excess cement.

After a quick bite check to ensure everything is properly aligned and not conflicting, the porcelain veneers procedure is done, and you can eat and drink normally immediately after your appointment.

Maintenance

Take care of your porcelain veneers like you would take care of your natural teeth, by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. You can also use a non-alcoholic fluoride mouthwash which will strengthen both your natural teeth and veneer(s). There are also a number of things you shouldn’t do when you have porcelain veneers.

Don’t bite down on ice, hard candy, or nuts. Avoid sticky foods. Alcohol can damage the bonding material and your veneers may eventually fall off. Don’t (for the love of God) use your teeth as tools. Your teeth can last for centuries, but using them as tools significantly increases the chances of injury and can weaken them.

Ready for an Appointment?

If you’re interested in getting porcelain veneers then please call (586) 992-9222 to schedule an appointment in Shelby Charter Township, MI with one of our two dentists. We aim to create an ideal environment and experience for all our patients.

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