Getting the Perfect Smile with Porcelain Veneers
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain fixed over the teeth to recreate, perfect and prepare it for a healthy smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) simply defined a veneer as a "thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel." It presents a perfect way to correct undesirable tooth position, shape, size or color.
Porcelain Veneer Consultation
To achieve your desired smile, your dentist might begin with a smile analysis in order to determine the required procedures toward the actualisation of your ideal smile type. With a diagnostic mock-up, you can also try on veneers while your dentist creates a cosmetic imaging to show you a photo of how your new smile will look like.
The How’s and Why’s of Porcelain Veneers
To fix a porcelain veneer, a slight alteration to the original tooth enamel might be required. This will help create a strong bond that is essential for veneer function while at same time provides the desired esthetic perfection.
In situations of poor tooth color, bad shape and contours, fractured teeth, tooth gaps, poor teeth positioning as well as minor bite related issues which might prove very difficult to correct, the application of porcelain veneers is a perfect alternative. It corrects all teeth defects, protects from superficial stains and provides healthy looking teeth.
Minimal Prep or ‘No Prep’ Veneers
Application of porcelain veneers is of two major procedures depending on the nature of individuals involved. This is another reason why one of our dentists is often required. While some patients might require the traditional dental veneers or tooth bonding method to create the perfect smile they desire. For others, the minimal prep or no prep veneer is most suitable. The minimal prep or no prep veneer does not require the dentist to remove as much tooth material as required for the traditional dental veneers. Placement of no prep veneers is quicker and less discomforting when compared to its traditional counterpart.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The use of porcelain veneers is of several benefits among which are:
- As opposed to the use of porcelain crowns, fixing the veneer require a minimal alteration to the teeth.
- It protects cigarette, tea and coffee stains.
- It is a great way to create perfect whiteness to even the darkest part of the teeth.
- It is a perfect material to fix bad teeth shape and positioning.
Potential Veneer Downsides
Porcelain veneers though essential to the creation of a perfect smile is without its own downside. During fixing, alteration made to the tooth enamel can never be restored back to its original state. Fixing porcelain veneers is also time consuming. Removal of the thin layer of the enamel can also make you sensitive to hot or cold temperatures for a few days after which you will be ok.
Maintenance of Porcelain Veneers
Maintenance of porcelain veneers is as easy as maintaining your original teeth. Maintain regular brushing and flushing; avoid use of teeth with hard substances such as beer covers, finger nails, ice chewing etc and regular follow-up visits to your dentist for proper observation and maintenance. For those that grind or clinch their teeth, a night-time bite guard might also be fixed to protect veneer from destruction.