Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers
Posted November 23, 2015 by Wager-Evans Dental
Many people elect to receive porcelain veneers in order to overhaul the appearance of their smile. Porcelain veneers are semi-translucent shells that bond to your enamel, which cover up unsightly signs of damage and discoloration. Veneers offer a variety of benefits, but they are a permanent procedure, and having more information can help you determine if they are right for you. You should also have your dentist review the current state of your teeth, to make certain that there are no existing issues that could complicate your receiving veneers.
Typically, the process of receiving porcelain veneers will take two visits. In the first visit, your dentist will talk to you about what you want from the appearance of your veneers, take an impression of your teeth, and remove a small portion of your tooth enamel. A dental lab will take the information your provide your dentist about your desired tooth esthetics, and the impressions of your teeth, to create a custom shell that best fits your needs. On your second visit, your dentist will use a bonding agent to securely fasten the veneers to the enamel of your teeth.
Because veneers are custom-crafted, they can provide several remedies. Some benefits include making teeth appear:
- More uniform (by hiding gaps and size discrepancies)
- Healthier (by covering the natural wear and tear that comes with aging)
If your enamel is weakened by disease or decay, you may need your dentist to treat existing conditions so that your teeth are healthy enough to support veneers. An untreated case of bruxism, or teeth grinding, could damage veneers.