Veneers are generally made from porcelain, which is naturally stain resistant. Your cosmetic dentist will outline a program designed especially for you that will provide you with a complete and thorough treatment plan if you desire porcelain veneers.
Veneers are suitable to treat a multitude of dental imperfections … severe dental stain or discoloration; uneven or chipped teeth; worn down enamel; unwanted gaps between teeth … you can enjoy a more symmetrical smile in a matter of weeks with veneers.
Veneers are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that are made to be affixed to the front of teeth. You can place veneers on one, two, or multiple teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will help determine what is needed to correct your dentition.
Since veneers are stain resistant, if the patient is planning to undergo teeth whitening, this is the first step needed. Porcelain does not respond to whitening products … whitening first allows your cosmetic dentist to match your veneers to your newly lightened shade. Going forward you will want to keep your natural, untreated teeth lightened to match your veneers.
Veneers are minimally invasive, however, a small amount of enamel will be removed from each tooth to be treated. This allows the veneer to be cemented to the tooth and still allow your teeth to appear even.
Before permanently cementing your veneers in place, your dentist will try them on to make sure they fit correctly and look natural. They must provide full function, so a proper fit is important.
When fit and function are correct, your cosmetic dentist will apply an etching material to teeth to allow the veneer to securely bond to the tooth. A laser is used to cure the veneer in place.
Veneers are strong, but the patient still needs to be careful not to bite into hard objects with treated teeth. And even though porcelain is stain resistant, your dentist may advise you to limit consumption of things known to stain … coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and certain foods – use a straw for cold drinks to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth.
Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as your biological teeth. Brush a minimum of twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste; floss daily; and visit our office every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam.