Benefits, Types, and Treatment
For patients who desire a complete smile makeover, or for those who have a few flaws they’d like to disguise, nothing measures up to the beautiful results of porcelain veneers.
They are completely customizable, enabling patients to choose a smile that is as natural-looking or “flashy” as desired.
? Who can benefit from porcelain veneers?
Any adult who is unhappy with the appearance of his or her smile could likely benefit from porcelain veneers. Note that veneers are usually not recommended for patients who grind their teeth, as doing so could damage a veneer. If you grind your teeth, our dentists may recommend wearing a night guard to prevent damage to your new veneers.
? Why choose porcelain veneers?
- Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic dentistry treatment option for patients who want a brand new smile.
- Getting porcelain veneers can help patients feel more confident about their appearances, as they can hide flaws such as chips, cracks, gaps, teeth that are too small, or teeth that are misshapen.
- For patients whose teeth are resistant to whitening treatments, veneers can also hide stains and discolorations.
- With good care, patients can expect their veneers to last upwards of 30 years.
? When can I get veneers?
Provided there are no major oral health problems, patients can get veneers at any point. They are a purely cosmetic treatment.
? How are veneers placed?
- First, the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers, meaning some tooth structure will need to be gently removed. This prevents the veneers from appearing too bulky. Patients can use a local anesthetic during the tooth preparation, but should be aware that many patients experience little to no pain during this process.
- Impressions will also be taken, and the patient will have the opportunity to make decisions about the size, shape, and shade of the veneers.
- While the veneers are being created in a dental lab, the patient will be provided with temporary veneers to cover the prepared teeth.
- At a later appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed and the new veneers will be bonded to the fronts of the teeth.
Brief history about veneers
The first veneers were created in the 1930s by a dentist in California named Charles Pincus. These early veneers were attached to the teeth with denture adhesive, making them impractical for everyday wear. About 50 years later, a new method was created for attaching veneers long-term: the use of composite resin. Of course, today’s veneers are much more realistic looking and have significantly better staying power.
? What kind of veneers are available today?
Though veneers can be made of composite resin, Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry uses porcelain veneers.
Patients can choose to have veneers placed on all of the teeth that show when smiling, on a single tooth, or on a few teeth. Patients also get to determine exactly what their veneers will look like.