5 things to know before getting Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a highly popular and effective form of cosmetic dentistry that are designed to address the external appearance of the teeth and transform your smile. This minimally-invasive solution is sought after by countless patients every year, but ahead of booking in for this procedure, here are five of the most important things you need to know before getting porcelain veneers.
1. Porcelain veneers can significantly improve your smile in several ways
If you are considering porcelain veneers, you are probably already seeking a way to improve the appearance of your smile. However, did you know that there are several different ways in which they can transform the way that your teeth look. Since they are made from porcelain, veneers can be glazed in a number of different shades, meaning that it is possible to either match a single veneer to your existing teeth, or in the case of a full set of veneers, to whiten your entire smile. Veneers can also close small gaps between your teeth, make shorter or narrower teeth more uniform in height and thickness and improve minor defects in their alignment.
2. Veneers require several visits to your dentist’s office
We are all guilty of being impatient at times, particularly when we have a big event coming up. However, it is essential to realize that if you want porcelain veneers, it isn’t going to happen in one trip to your dentist’s office. Instead, you will need to commit to a series of appointments which are needed to ensure that your veneers are absolutely perfect. Trust us – the final result will be worth it. So, if you have an important occasion that you wish to get your smile just right for, start speaking to your cosmetic dentistry team today.
3. You will be given temporary veneers to wear while your final versions are being custom-created to your specifications
One of the steps in the process of receiving veneers is a short period when you will be fitted with temporary veneers. The preparation work on your teeth will have taken place, and you will be given temporary veneers, bonded to your teeth with a semi-permanent adhesive, which will give you an idea of what your new and improved smile will look like. During this time, your final veneers will be in production.
4. The process to receive porcelain veneers isn’t painful
The key concern of many patients is that their dental treatment, whatever it may be, will be painful. Fortunately, modern anesthetic is extremely effective and you should not find the process to prepare your teeth or fit your new veneers painful in any way, although you may experience some light pressure or vibrations sensations. If you are a particularly nervous patient, it may be possible for you to have some mild sedation during key parts of the process – please enquire with your dentistry team.
5. Once you have porcelain veneers, you will need them for life
One of the most important things to understand about porcelain veneers is that once you undergo the procedure to fit them, you will always need a veneer on the affected tooth. This is because in order to fit a veneer to your tooth, some of the natural enamel needs to be removed. This is done so that the veneer can sit flush to the tooth and not look unnaturally thick. However, since enamel cannot regrow, you will then always need to have the tooth covered with a veneer.
With proper care at home and by your dentist, you can expect your veneers to last approximately 10 years before replacement is needed.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, or if you would like an appointment to discuss your candidacy for this popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, please get in touch with our dentistry team at our offices here in Coral Gables, FL.