Veneers are among the most beautiful restorations possible in dentistry today. Porcelain mimics natural teeth in color, translucency, and surface texture. It does not discolor and is highly resistant to wear, so it can last up to fifteen years. Nothing exceeds porcelain for life-like and long term beauty.
We can change the color, spacing, alignment, length, and shape of your teeth with veneers; therefore, they are the best way to give you exactly the smile your want. With a great smile, you are confident you are putting your best foot forward in the world.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made up of several tiny layers. The veneers are permanently bonded to the tooth fronts after removing a small amount of the dental enamel from the teeth. Once adhered to the teeth, the veneers become a permanent part feature that you can brush and floss just as you would your natural teeth. Your actual teeth remain intact beneath the veneers, allowing you to retain the full functioning of your mouth after treatment.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Be Used to Treat?
Porcelain veneers can be used for a variety of problems, including:
- Severely discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening
- Broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are smaller than the surrounding teeth
- Uneven teeth due to previous cracking or damage
- Chipped teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Teeth that are severely worn from grinding
Taking Care of Your Veneers
The porcelain in the veneers wear as well or better than your natural teeth depending on how well you take care of them. The bond between the porcelain and the tooth is very strong. However, the uncovered part of the tooth can still decay. So you need to brush and floss daily, and not eat too much between meals to protect your teeth. And because the cement attaching the veneer can stain, you should avoid excessive drinking of tea, coffee and red wine.
Porcelain veneers are not designed to withstand excessive forces or sharp impacts. You should avoid biting your fingernails or ice, or any other such hard items because doing so can break or dislodge a veneer. If you take good care of your teeth, your veneers will last between ten and twenty years.
Bonding vs. Veneers
A big advantage of bonding is that it is less costly than veneers. Since the bonding material is less dense than porcelain, it will discolor over time and under exposure to heat and staining liquids and foods. Smokers especially will find this to be so. In spite of the negatives in comparison to porcelain, many procedures have a high degree of satisfaction in both function and beauty.
Choosing between bonding and veneers is a choice of investment in a long or short term benefit. Veneers last longer, require less maintenance and maintain their original feel and appearance for the life of the restoration and in that respect; it just depends on the desired quality of the experience.