No matter how stellar our smiles, no one has perfect teeth. There may be subtle differences in tooth size or alignment; a tooth may be chipped or cracked, or they could be stained from a reaction to a drug such as a tetracycline during childhood. Porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to correct these cosmetic flaws without resorting to crowns or orthodontics.
Dr. Green places veneers, giving patients a beautiful smile in just two appointments.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells placed over the front of your natural teeth to alter the tooth position, shape, size, and color. Veneers provide an aesthetic solution to various tooth imperfections. At our practice, we only use porcelain for our veneers because its appearance closely resembles that of natural tooth enamel.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
It’s important to note that porcelain veneers are only a cosmetic solution and are applied atop healthy teeth. Issues such as decay or gum disease must be taken care of before veneers are applied. Veneers simply cover cosmetic problems.
Why use porcelain?
Some dentists use composite resin veneers, but Dr. Green uses only porcelain. Porcelain has high strength, hardness, glassiness, high durability, and a high resistance to staining. Also, the translucence of porcelain very closely resembles natural tooth enamel in the way it absorbs and reflects light.
Porcelain Veneers Process
Porcelain veneers require two appointments with Dr. Green. We start with a thorough cleaning. We may opt to perform some whitening if your teeth are stained from coffee and the like; this will return them to their natural color. To match that natural color, Dr. Green uses a shade guide to determine the veneer color.
Next, we prepare your teeth for the veneers. To do this, Dr. Green shaves a tiny amount of the enamel from the front of the teeth (from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm). This makes room for the veneers on the front side of each tooth. When this process is complete, we take impressions of your teeth and send these off to the dental lab for the fabrication of your custom veneers. In most cases, this takes around one week. In the meantime, Dr. Green will attach temporary veneers to your teeth to protect them.
When your veneers arrive at our office, you return for your second appointment. Dr. Green checks the fit and the color match of each veneer. If necessary, he may shave a bit off here or there. Once satisfied with the fit, the porcelain veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth, and you can show your new smile off to the world.
Porcelain Veneers Before and After
*Individual results may vary
How do I care for my new veneers?
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special cleaning or maintenance at home, just regular brushing and flossing. While you can eat basically whatever you like, you may want to avoid things such as candy apples or chewing on bones, as veneers can sometimes detach.
How long do dental veneers last?
A set of porcelain veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. This sounds like a wide range, but it is due to the health of the underlying teeth and gums. If a veneer does come off for some reason, in most cases it can be reattached.
You do need to know that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because the placement requires shaving the enamel off the fronts of the teeth, those teeth will forevermore need to be covered with veneers. So, once your veneers have reached their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set placed.
How are veneers and crowns different?
Crowns are a more fundamental tooth restoration. A crown usually covers the entire tooth surface above the gumline. Crowns are used to restore function to teeth that are heavily decayed or have an extensive chip or crack. Crowns are also used as the abutment anchors for bridges that replace missing teeth.
In contrast, porcelain veneers do not strengthen teeth or restore function; they simply cover up cosmetic issues, giving you a beautiful smile.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. John T. Green is a Dentist located in Dayton, Ohio. If you would like to learn more about Porcelain Veneers, call (937) 293-3402 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green.