Porcelain veneers are one of the best solutions for teeth that are chipped, stained, crooked or have gaps between them. These dental veneers are most commonly used to create smile makeovers and are a good option for patients that simply want a beautiful smile that is professional in appearance.
Here at our San Antonio dental office, we can correct a wide range of dental issues using porcelain veneers to give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape or contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. There are also instances where some stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a veneer may be the best option.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth. They are used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size and/or color. Porcelain veneers can correct these common problems:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps and spaces
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Permanently stained teeth
- Teeth that have worn down
- Teeth that are too small or too short
Coming in to our San Antonio Dental Office for a consultation with our premiere Cosmetic Dentist and asking about veneers is the first step in determining if veneers are the right option for you, or if there are alternate solutions available. We will begin with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. Deciding that porcelain veneers will create the look you want is only one step in the process.
The Hows And Whys Of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers of porcelain and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth. The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical to form a strong bond for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.
Minimal Prep Or “No-Prep” Veneers
Some patients are looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneers or bonding, but be aware that this treatment option is not appropriate for everyone. Just as with porcelain veneers, “no-prep” or minimal preparation veneers— so called because they typically don’t require the dentist to remove as much tooth material—are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Often, the placement of no-prep veneers can be done more quickly and with less discomfort than traditional veneers. We will let you know if you are a good candidate for minimal preparation or “no-prep” veneers and if this option makes a sensible treatment plan.
The Benefits Of Veneers
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials. With veneers—as opposed to crowns—your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal alteration of the tooth to fit the veneer. For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.
Maintenance Of A Porcelain Veneer
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. What we suggest is using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Although these veneers are very strong, you should avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth: don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your veneers! If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we may fit you with a night-time bite guard so you don’t damage your veneers.