Porcelain veneers are thin, durable shells that fit over a tooth’s outer surface. They work much like an artificial fingernail to improve the aesthetics of your smile. The application of dental veneers is considered a permanent cosmetic procedure that enhances the shape, color, and spacing of your teeth.
Problems That Dental Veneers Can Fix
Porcelain veneers can fix chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth. Your dentist may recommend them if your teeth are discolored due to tetracycline antibiotic exposure, excessive fluoride exposure, or root canal treatment. You may also receive veneers if your teeth are worn down or chipped. If there is a gap between two teeth that are not misaligned, veneers can be placed in order to close the gap.
The Procedure for Fitting Dental Veneers
To place porcelain veneers on your teeth, your dentist will begin by taking impressions of your mouth. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the veneers will be cast and colored in a shade to match your other teeth or give you a whiter smile. A small amount of enamel will be removed from your teeth. Your dentist will apply a bonding material to your teeth and cement the veneers into place.
What to Expect After Getting Dental Veneers
Your smile will look more even and bright as soon as the veneers are placed. Many people feel more confident with their new, brighter smiles. You may be advised to avoid foods and beverages that can stain them such as red wine, coffee, or black tea. This is because the porcelain can absorb the pigments from these foods. You will brush and floss your teeth as usual with veneers.
At Portage Park Dental Associates, we work hard to be the best choice when it comes to getting porcelain veneers.