What are Porcelain Veneers?
What are Porcelain Veneers?
After teeth whitening, veneers is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available at our Pro Dental Clinic. In essence, veneers are a non-surgical solution to a whole host of dental problems including cracked or chipped teeth, stained teeth that can’t be fixed using teeth whitening techniques, slight tooth gaps, or uneven tooth size. Veneers have the ability to restore colour, form and function to your smile fast.
Veneers consist of ultra thin, shell-like layers of dental porcelain that are placed directly on the outside of your existing teeth. In order to apply the veneer a tiny amount of the tooth surface is removed (usually less than 1mm) so that the veneer sits flush with the rest of the teeth. This allows not only for better aesthetics, but also helps the natural function of the tooth. When the process is completed (usually within 3 months) the patient will have their normal bite function fully restored.
Advantages of dental veneers
- Because veneers are individually crafted it’s almost impossible to tell them apart from the rest of your teeth. Also, because dental porcelain is stain proof, veneers can resist stains from tea, coffee, red wine, and tobacco far better than natural teeth
- In contrast to crowns, fitting veneers means more of the underlying tooth remains intact so there’s less chance of the tooth becoming compromised.
- Veneers are an efficient way to deal with small tooth gaps, minor twists and overlaps without having to resort to longer, more complex procedures.
- Maintenance is simple. Just like your normal teeth, regular brushing and flossing is all that’s required to keep them in tip-top condition.
- Of our the three treatments discussed in this blog, porcelain veneers are the most durable, but with that comes a considerably higher price point.
Since they require approximately 0.5mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are not considered a reversible form of treatment. Occasionally, the preparation of a porcelain laminate veneer does not necessitate the use of a local anaesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anaesthetic is advisable. The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a porcelain veneer is about two weeks.
Porcelain vs Composite Veneers
Composite veneers are usually placed in one appointment, making it a noticeably quicker treatment than porcelain veneers, which have to be custom made in a lab.
Arguably the biggest advantage that composite veneers have over porcelain is reversibility. Porcelain requires reshaping of your natural teeth in order to fit the veneer. When it comes to composites, minimal prep work is required on your natural teeth, meaning that they are not permanently altered to such an extent that the composite material cannot be removed and replaced as needed.
Dental veneer shade guide
Dentists use a shade guide to determine the best veneer colour for a patient’s teeth. The insertion or cementation of your veneers can be accomplished once again with or without local anaesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length. The laminates are placed with a light-sensitive resin hardened with the use of a white light, effectively bonding them to your teeth.
Once placed, your laminate veneers are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain is a glass and like glass, it is strong but brittle. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to stress the veneer. Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or candy apples is probably not a good idea. As with most things, common sense should prevail.
Frequently Asked Questions
The integrity of veneered teeth is only marginally compromised, and the veneer is bonded to the existing teeth. There is no higher incidence of decay provided the veneers are properly cared for as previously mentioned with regular flossing and brushing with toothpaste. In general, it is good dental advice to keep your sugar consumption low and confined to meal times to prevent decay.
They can last from seven to twenty years. While the veneer itself is inert and non-living, the tooth or teeth to which they are attached and the surrounding gum tissues are living and may change. For example, gum line shrinkage may expose or reveal root surfaces. If a veneer comes off it can generally be re-bonded. If it chips it can sometimes be re-bonded or otherwise replaced.
If I have my upper teeth treated with porcelain veneers, will my lower teeth still be a different colour, or more yellow?
This is certainly a factor that will be discussed during your evaluation and smile design so that everything matches and blends well. Most patients usually whiten the lower teeth with whitening (bleaching) procedures to ensure a good match.
Porcelain veneers should never stain; however; if your teeth have a propensity to stain you should try to avoid or minimise the behaviours that lead to staining and look after them as recommended above with normal hygiene and maintenance procedures.
Some insurance companies will cover up to 50% of the fee they deem customary. However, it depends upon what your employer has contracted for with your insurance company rather than what your dentist is charging. Don’t forget your dentist also has to pay the dental technician who actually fabricates the veneers, a critical component in the fee.
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