Porcelain Veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel, and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.
The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the esthetic perfection desired, but also a strong bond which is essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.
Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials. With veneer as opposed to crown your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer. For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white. Dentists may also recommend veneers to quickly fix minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps.
Potential Veneer Downsides
Because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced, a veneer is not considered a reversible treatment. Although adjustments and even new veneers can be made, you can never reliably return to the original condition of the tooth. Creating porcelain veneers requires some laboratory time, so expect at least a week before they’re ready to be applied. After the porcelain veneers are attached you will probably have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This typically disappears within a few days. In a healthy mouth properly treated with porcelain veneers a patient should be able to use porcelain veneers like his or her own teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced if the surface layer becomes dull. However when using MyntSmile on a daily basis porcelain veneers surface layer will last a lifetime. MyntSmile’s patented formula will polish and protect the surface of all porcelain and cosmetic restorations, based on leading leading clinical studies.
Do Porcelain Veneers Require Special Care?
Yes, use MyntSmile which is specifically formulated for all cosmetic porcelain veneers, bonded teeth and implants. Do not use abrasive toothpastes or brush very hard. Acidic diets can also cause problems to porcelain and bonded teeth. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a non-alcohol mouthwash. Even though porcelain veneers resist stains, your dentist may recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods and beverages (for example, coffee, tea, or red wine). Visit your dentist and hygienist twice a year for professional cleanings.
Are There Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers?
Yes, alternatives to veneers include bonded teeth and porcelain crowns. Porcelain Veneers offer a nice intermediate option. Veneers may be best suited for individuals who want to change the shape of their teeth more than just a little bit as is done with bonding but not enough to require a crown. It is a more conservative dental procedure then a porcelain crown.