The Beauty and Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

A Worthwhile Investment

Porcelain veneers are customized thin shells of materials of the same color as teeth that are meant to cover imperfections on the front side. They improve the appearance of teeth, giving you a brighter and more confident smile. Let us know more about what problems can be addressed by porcelain veneers, the treatment procedure, and their aftercare.

Porcelain veneers are more preferred than resin veneers. They reflect light better, look like natural teeth, and do not stain easily. That is why they are also called dental porcelain laminates.

While they serve a cosmetic purpose, these veneers are also corrective. They are used on discolored teeth as the result of tetracycline staining, root canal procedure, or large resin fillings. They are also an option for worn down enamel, chipped or cracked teeth, irregularly shaped, crooked teeth, or teeth with rough, uneven surfaces, as well as gaps in between teeth. They can change the color of teeth to make them look more pleasing, as well as the shape and size of teeth when necessary.

Preparing the tooth for a veneer reshaping would be necessary, usually under anesthesia. Your dentist will trim down just enough thickness of your enamel in order to allow room for the veneer to bond on the surface. An impression or model of the tooth will be made by the dentist and sent to a lab that will craft the veneer. As it will take a few weeks for the final product to come back, temporary veneers would be attached for the time being.

Your next appointment will involve the fitting and bonding. Trimming of the veneer may be necessary to assure proper fitness before bonding with cement. The cement particles will be activated and hardened by a light beam; any excess cement is removed. Finally, your dentist will check your bite and ask you to come back to check up on your veneer and examine your gums. This procedure usually requires three dentist visits, though anywhere from one to three teeth can undergo the process at the same time.

Your dentist will remind you that porcelain veneers are permanent and cannot be repaired when they become chipped. You may experience some degree of sensitivity at first due to the trimmed enamel. You have to be careful about some foods and drinks that may stain them, and avoid biting or chewing on hard objects. Certainly, keep up with proper oral hygiene as the tooth underneath the veneer can experience decay.

Not all are good candidates for porcelain veneers, but if you should be ideal, do take care of your veneers. They can serve you from 10 to 12 years before replacement. The cost will be so worth it.


Bright and Beautiful Veneers by Lynnwood Dentist

If you are ready to change to a new you with the most confident smile, see your Lynnwood dentist for a consultation about porcelain veneers.