Porcelain veneers, a type of dental veneers, are thin pieces of porcelain use to correct dental faults by recreating the natural appearance of teeth and offering anchorage and resilience as that of healthy tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are usually the preferred means to make slight alterations to the position, size, or even color of damaged or shaded teeth. Dental veneers made from porcelain are very resistant to stains and excellently portray the light reflecting qualities of healthy teeth. This dental procedure is mostly suitable to conditions such as discolored teeth, worn down teeth, misaligned teeth, and even broken teeth.
How are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
Porcelain veneers consist of numerous piles of ceramic that can mimic original enamel. During placement of a veneer, a small portion of the initial tooth enamel is removed to create space so that the porcelain veneer can fit it in the mouth. The unique adhesive properties of porcelain allow bonding between the healthy teeth and the porcelain, thus helping you achieve the esthetic perfection you are looking for. The use of porcelain veneers are very effective in cases where there is tooth discoloration, poor shape, contours and situations where tooth position is compromised.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
There are many benefits of porcelain veneers. Individually engineered veneers have a unique property that makes them more resistant to coffee and tea stains and cigarette smoke since they are made from very special materials. Porcelain veneers only cause little damage to your natural teeth as most of your natural tooth will remain intact. Through this technique, it is possible to make discolored teeth white again.
Drawbacks of Porcelain Veneers
Even with their benefits, porcelain veneers also have some disadvantages.. Since a section of the normal tooth is reduced, a porcelain veneer isnot used as a reversible replacement, and you can never achieve the original condition of the tooth. Making porcelain meet patient specifications takes time so you might have to wait before the veneer is ready for use. You may also experience a period of sensitivity to hot and cold foods, but this condition will improve after continued use.
Maintenance of Porcelain Veneers
Routine oral hygiene can help maintain your porcelain veneers. Apply non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste when brushing. You should go see your dentist for a checkup one week after the procedure in order to assess how your oral cavity is responding to the treatment. The appointment with your dentist is essential even when you feel you are doing well after the procedure. Also, you should avoid biting or grinding metallic instruments as this can damage your porcelain veneers. It is also important to contact your dentist regularly to get advice on how to keep your teeth and strong.
You can also give us a call at our Spokane, WA dental practice (509.467.8000) or our Spokane Valley, WA dental practice (509.926.1500) to learn how porcelain veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!