Veneers are very thin shells made from porcelain that are designed to cover dental flaws such as stains, chipped or misshapen teeth, or unwanted gaps. Other enhancements include covering and protecting receding gums and correcting uneven teeth making them appear symmetrical.
Another advantage to veneers is by adding them to teeth that may have been weakened, your cosmetic dentist is actually providing added strength when the shells are cemented to the front of teeth needing repair.
Porcelain is the ideal material for multiple reasons. It is strong and easily malleable so the dental technician can fabricate a perfect match to surrounding teeth. Once in place, surrounding oral tissues accept it well, and porcelain allows light to reflect off the porcelain, giving a natural appearance resembling the look of dental enamel.
All of these facts make veneers the ideal treatment for a virtually undetectable, minimally invasive cosmetic repair that can be completed in two dental visits.
Since porcelain veneers are stain resistant, they will also not respond to any type of teeth whitening. Patients wishing to lighten their teeth should do so weeks prior to the start of the veneers procedure.
Your cosmetic dentist will caution that once veneers are in place, to keep them looking their best you might want to limit or avoid the consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, colorful berries, tomato based sauces, and any other products that contain bright food dyes. Porcelain is stain resistant; if you consume any of these colorful foods or beverages, plan to rinse or brush as soon as possible.
Dental enamel is strong, but can chip or break. Porcelain should be thought of in the same way. Never use teeth to open packages. A broken or chipped veneer cannot be repaired. It will need to be replaced.
Biting nails is a habit that should be broken if you wish to maintain the health of your dental veneers.
Although unlikely, if a veneer becomes dislodged, contact your dentist right away. Salvaging the veneer will allow your dentist to re-cement it in place.
Caring for teeth with porcelain veneers is identical as the care you provide for all your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing paired with seeing your dental provider twice each year for a cleaning and an exam will keep your cosmetic enhancement and all your teeth looking and feeling their best.
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