When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, there are a whole host of cosmetic dentistry solutions that will allow you to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, happy, and youthful looking smile. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures includes using porcelain veneers to correct aesthetic issues such as broken, chipped, crooked, or stained teeth, as well as gaps between teeth.
The use of veneers not only allows you to achieve a smoother, more eye-catching and resilient smile, but improving the look and feel of your teeth can also result in a happier, confident, and more content you! After all, your smile is one of your most attractive assets and you should wear it with confidence every single day.
We’ve created a helpful guide to demonstrate how porcelain veneers could help you to improve your smile.
What are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, used to recreate the natural look of your teeth, whilst providing strength and resilience.
Are veneers right for me?
If you’re looking to change the shape, size, and colour of your teeth, porcelain veneers might offer the perfect solution.
However, like any cosmetic dentistry procedure, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment prior to authorising any treatment, in order to determine whether or not veneers are right for you.
Next, a smile analysis will be undertaken to identify the appropriate steps needed to achieve optimum results. A diagnostic mock-up may also be created, allowing you “try on” your brand new veneers prior to your dentist fixing them onto your teeth. This is certainly one of the most exciting parts, as it’s the first time many patients gain a real insight into how their new smile will look!
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers. In order to successfully apply the veneer, your dentist will need to remove your tooth’s original enamel, this is usually less that a millimetre so it’s nothing to worry about!
This is an essential part of the procedure, as your dentist will need to make room for the new porcelain veneer whilst ensuring that the natural function of your tooth is restored.
The bonding process is equally as important to ensure that your new veneers not only look great aesthetically but also function perfectly too. The procedure involves placing a light sensitive resin between the original tooth and the veneer, and then fixing it in place using a special curing light.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are a great option if you’re looking to dramatically change the look and feel of your teeth!
And, one of their main advantages is that each porcelain veneer can be individually sculpted based on your exact requirements, so it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the veneer and your natural tooth. Oh, and the good news is that veneers are able to resist coffee and tea stains, and even cigarette smoke.
Another advantage is that, as opposed to crowns, your natural teeth remain largely intact with only minimal changes needed to fit the veneer.
Like any cosmetic dentistry procedure, there are also a number of downsides and you need to ensure that you are fully aware of them before deciding whether or not veneers are right for you.
One of the main disadvantages is that the treatment is irreversible due to the fact that a portion of your original tooth’s enamel is removed. Although adjustments and new veneers can be made, it’s difficult return the tooth to its original condition.
This is also a treatment that cannot happen over night. Due to the bespoke nature of the procedure, creating your porcelain veneers so that they meet your exact requirements means that your veneers will need to be made in a laboratory.
And finally, although it is a relatively painless procedure, once your porcelain veneers have been fitted, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the thick layer of the enamel being removed.
Of course, you should avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth. So don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your veneers!
Porcelain Veneers Maintenance
Once you have your new shiny veneers, maintaining them so that they always look their best is easier than you might think! In fact, it’s not much different to how you would treat your original teeth.
Simply continue to floss and brush daily as you normally would, and make sure that you use non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.
One week after your veneers are fixed into place, you will be required to re-visit your dentist for a follow-up appointment. This is absolutely nothing to worry about, and just gives your dentist to check out your mouth is reacting to your veneers!
Of course, it goes without saying that you should always return to your dentist for regular professional maintenance. This is because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste on a regular basis. If you have been known to grind or clench your teeth during the night, it’s also worthwhile investing in a bite guard in order to protect your veneers from becoming damaged.