Porcelain veneers are one of the many options to fix unsightly teeth. Porcelain veneers involve removing some of the surface of the tooth and bonding a permanent covering or veneer to the tooth. The procedure is more involved than dental bonding, but less involved than installing a crown. Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resins, though porcelain veneers are preferred at the Oakridge Dental Center for a number of reasons. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than resin veneers, and porcelain veneers also look better, as they reflect light in the same way as natural teeth do. Veneers also allow gaps between teeth to be filled in if desired. Veneers can correct teeth that start to look unsightly, which can happen for a number of reasons. Over time, old fillings may no longer match the color of the surrounding natural tooth. Certain medications can affect the color of teeth, and there may have been prior trauma, leading to a chipped tooth that affects your smile.
In order to have a veneer attached, your tooth or teeth must first be prepared to receive them. This involves removing some of the enamel from the tooth surface. The amount that is removed roughly corresponds to the thickness of the veneers, so your veneered tooth will end up being the same size as before. An impression of the prepared tooth or teeth is taken which is used to make your custom veneers. Once they are ready, you return and have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and the surface etched to improve adhesion of the veneers. The veneers are then permanently cemented on to your teeth at this time. Finally your bite is check and any excess cement is removed and fine adjustments made.
If, after your porcelain veneers are installed, you notice any problems with your bite you should return to have this corrected, though this is usually not the case. Caring for your teeth with porcelain veneers is no different than with natural teeth. You should still brush and floss as before. Veneers may not be recommended for very unhealthy teeth or for those with extensive decay or gum disease. Healthy gums tolerate porcelain well, which is another one of its advantages.
If you have unsightly teeth that are affecting your smile, the Oakridge Dental Center can help provide you with porcelain veneers to restore the appearance of your front teeth to their very best.