Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to revamp the natural look of your teeth which are cracked, damaged or stained. The porcelain veneers provide strength and resilience that can be compared to natural tooth enamel.
These porcelain shells are usually bonded to the front of your teeth to change their length, size, shape or color for a better aesthetic appearance.
So, what are the uses of veneers?
The Two Types of Veneers are:
Composite Resin Veneers
These types of veneers are usually placed on your teeth in a single appointment. Once your tooth has been reshaped suitably for the veneers, your dentist will then bond and shape the composite material to suit your teeth. A special light is then shone on the material to harden it after which the veneer is smoothened out to look like a natural tooth.
These veneers last for 4-8 years and are affordable, but require more maintenance as they are more likely to get chipped.
Porcelain veneers are a much more durable and long-lasting option as they can last from anywhere between 12-25 years. Your dentist will make an impression of your prepared teeth and send them to a laboratory to have them replicate the shape of your veneers.
Once the replica of your teeth has been made, your dentist can ask you to visit again to ensure that your veneers are a perfect match to the color and shape of your teeth. Dental cement is then used to bond the veneers to your teeth.
Are You a Suitable Candidate for Veneers?
Your dentist will fix a preliminary consultation with you to discuss all your treatment options. The treatment involves preparing your teeth which is an irreversible procedure, so it is important that your dentist discuss all the options and alternatives that you may have so that there is minimal or no removal of your natural tooth structure.
If you and your dentist decide that veneers are your best option, then there would be a comprehensive review of your treatment details, such as preparing your teeth for the veneer procedure you have chosen and what needs to be done to make them look and fit correctly.
You can actively take part in your “smile design process” during your consultation by sharing your preferences for the shape, length, color, and width of the veneers. This will help you ensure that your treatment meets your expectations.
Can You Get Veneers if You Have Periodontal Disease or Gum Recession?
The good news is that you are still eligible for restorative work such as a dental crown or porcelain veneers but your periodontal disease needs to be treated first.
Cosmetic dentistry can usually fix a lot of smile, tooth and bite issues but they will need a strong foundation, to begin with. So you need to have an effective plan in place to reverse the effects of gum disease before you can become eligible for porcelain veneers.
Once your gum disease is under control and your teeth, gums and jaw bone are in good health, then you might be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
The Benefits of Getting Porcelain Veneers
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last and How Can You Maintain Your Veneers?
Veneers generally last for about 7 to 15 years after which you would have to replace your veneers. Make sure that you can follow good oral hygiene practices such as flossing, brushing, and rinsing with a properly selected antiseptic mouthwash like you normally would.
Your dentist will advise you to avoid eating any stain-causing foods and beverages such as red wine, tea, and coffee even though porcelain veneers are resistant to stains.
Visit Klironomou Dental Clinic in Piraeus Port, the biggest in Greece, to check whether you have periodontal disease or not and to have it treated prior to getting your porcelain veneers put in. This will protect your teeth and gums against bacteria and stress which can reduce the lifespan of your veneers as well as deteriorate your oral health.
A dental marketer at Michael G. Long DDS, a clinic with excellent results in periodontal disease treatments, Grace lives by the rule that health and happiness go hand in hand. She writes on various dental topics focusing on healthy living and holistic health. When she’s not working or blogging, she enjoys spending her time with her family and volunteering at the local youth centers where she educates children about the importance of health and fitness.