At League City Elite Dentistry, we are always asked about porcelain veneers and whether or not they are a good solution to achieve a beautiful smile. For smiles that have cracked, chipped, crooked, stained or gaps in the teeth, veneers serve as a great way to help restore a smile. They look the same as natural teeth and can oftentimes be more resistant to staining.
To help you make the best decision for your dental health, Dr. Oreoluwa Adegun will answer some of our most common questions.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Simply put, veneers are thin molds of ceramic (porcelain) that are custom made, placed and bonded to the front surface of the tooth. They are used in order to improve aesthetics or protect against surface damage to the tooth. They can be placed on just one tooth or replace an entire smile.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
The process for placing and bonding porcelain veneers can be broken down into four steps:
- Shaving of the Teeth – Before the veneers are fitted, the tooth or teeth that will be replaced are shaved down using a dental drill. This drill shapes the teeth to a shape that will best hold the veneers in place.
- Tooth Impression – Dr. Adegun then takes an impression of the tooth or teeth and sends it to a lab where the veneers are created.
- Temporary Veneers – In the weeks it takes the lab to make the veneers, Dr. Adegun will provide you with a temporary set of veneers until the permanent set is ready.
- Permanent Veneers – Once the permanent set is ready, you will come back to the office to have them fitted, shaved to the correct size and bonded into place. This is done using a curing light which permanently binds the veneers to your tooth enamel.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
It is important to note that the process of getting veneers is not reversible. This is due to the fact that the teeth are shaved down to place and bind the veneers. They typically last between 10 and 15 years before being replaced by another set.
How Do I Maintain My Veneers?
The best way to get the most longevity with your veneers is with consistent dental hygiene maintenance. Just like natural teeth, avoid eating hard foods as they could damage your veneers. Try not to chew in the same spot all the time to avoid wearing them down in one area over time.
Stick to regular dental cleanings just as you would with natural teeth. They are still vulnerable to plaque and tartar build-up and should be brushed and flossed twice daily. Keeping routine appointments for cleanings can help prevent oral problems such as gingivitis and cavities.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Adegun to discuss porcelain veneers and other options to achieve the smile you want, contact our office.