Porcelain veneers are usually considered a cosmetic procedure, but they offer more than esthetic solution. They are also used to restore the integrity and function of the tooth structure. These can be true with cases where teeth have been chipped, eroded and misshapen. Porcelain veneers are made with thin porcelain shell that is cemented to the anterior surface of the tooth. Once bonded onto the natural teeth, this appears as natural as the adjacent teeth. To achieve the best result, teeth whitening if often recommended before getting porcelain veneer. This provides a naturally radiant Hollywood smile.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Porcelain veneer fabrication takes 5 to 7 days to finish with 2 to 3 appointment visits. The procedure begins with a thorough teeth and gums examination, prepare teeth, take impression, and temporary veneer placement. Next appointment is scheduled after several days to fix-in veneers.
Avoid eating sticky, chewy and brittle foods like gum, caramels, and candies, ice cubes or even biting fingernails. Maintain good oral hygiene, brush at least twice a day and floss as often as possible and a regular visit to the dentist.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Closes gaps between teeth
- Straighten teeth alignment
- Improves teeth color and shape
- Repair chipped or misshapen teeth
- Can cover tetracycline stains and other discolorations