What are porcelain veneers? A thin piece of porcelain is used to mimic the appearance of real teeth. It is stronger than tooth enamel. If you are interested in making a change to the size, shape or color of your teeth or a single tooth, veneers can be a great option. If you have a fractured tooth, bite-related issues, gaps or chips and even teeth that don’t respond well to bleaching treatments, veneers may be your most successful option.
When visiting your dentist, a smile analysis will be done to show you what it will take to obtain the smile you desire. Cosmetic imaging may be performed; this will show you a photo letting you see what your new smile will look like. If you decide to go ahead with veneers, this is what the process will entail. A small amount of your tooth enamel will be removed, creating room for the veneer to fit correctly. The veneer is attached with an adhesive layer; this bond is crucial to how well the veneer will fit in your mouth and create natural tooth function.
A resin which is light sensitive is placed between the shaved down tooth and veneer. A curing light is then used to harden it. The main selling point for veneers is how natural they look. You even treat them as regular teeth and brush and floss like you normally would. They are stain resistant, and unlike crowns allow for your natural teeth to remain pretty much intact. Remember, though, because some of your tooth enamel was removed, you can’t reverse the treatment and restore the original condition of your tooth. Your dentist will know to inspect your veneers in years to come, checking to make sure they are holding up and polishing them with a non-abrasive paste.