Veneers are a cosmetic treatment option available to enhance one or multiple teeth. Most porcelain veneer treatment is permanent; this is because your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin amount of enamel from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Once removed, enamel does not grow back so treated teeth will require protection forever.
What can veneers do?
In a matter of a couple of weeks, veneers can be applied to correct teeth suffering from deep dental stain; chipped enamel; uneven dentition; unwanted gaps between teeth; and misshapen teeth.
If teeth whitening is part of your smile makeover, this step should be completed first so your dental provider can match your veneers to your newly lightened teeth.
A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will identify the teeth that can benefit from veneers. At your first treatment visit, a thin amount of enamel will be removed from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Dental impressions will be taken for the dental lab; temporaries will be placed to protect teeth; and in about two weeks your smile makeover can be completed.
The dental lab will work with your dental provider to fabricate the veneers … they will be made to match neighboring untreated teeth to form a symmetrical and seamless finish. Porcelain is the ideal material for veneers as it is stain resistant.
Veneers are very thin shells that are lightweight and reflect light so they appear natural . They will be tried on for fit and appearance; when ready, they will be permanently cemented to teeth.
Do’s and Don’ts with Veneer Treated Teeth
Once veneers are in place, you will need to be careful not to bite into hard or chewy foods. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it will likely require replacing as veneers are not repairable.
If you bite your fingernails or use your teeth to open packages, you will need to forego these habits. Even though teeth are strengthened with veneers, they are not able to withstand the pressure of these bad habits.
Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as all your teeth. You will brush and floss daily and visit our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, every six months for cleaning and dental exam.