Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic alternative to other more invasive procedures, such as crowns, bridges, and implants. They work by adhering to the teeth, filling unwanted spaces and chips, as well as correcting crooked or misshapen teeth.
What’s Involved In Getting Porcelain Veneers?
The process of adding porcelain veneers usually takes two visits, and generally requires little to no anesthesia. To prepare the teeth for the additional thickness of the veneers, the cosmetic dentist will lightly buff the teeth to shape the surface. During this first visit the dentist will also take a mold of the teeth, as well as select a color shade for the veneers to be attached.
During the second visit the teeth are prepped by being specially cleansed, which will allow a durable bond to be formed. After bonding cement is placed, a light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Stain Resistant - Porcelain is a type of ceramic, and its glass-like quality makes it quite resistant to stains from coffee, wine, and cigarettes.
Long Lasting - Veneers made of porcelain can last up to 15 years.
Realistic Appearance - Porcelain has many properties similar to the enamel of natural teeth. As a result the veneers look authentic, restoring your smile and confidence.
Quick Setup - Compared to other procedures, such as crowns, having porcelain veneers added does not require extensive tooth shaping prior to the procedure.
Drawbacks of Porcelain Veneers
Cost - Porcelain veneers can cost $500 – $1000 each, which can become quite an investment if there are several teeth that need a veneer. Also, while veneers are pretty tough, they are not impervious to chips or breaking from excessive force. This includes teeth grinding, eating hard foods, or injuries to the mouth. Repairing veneers can be costly, as well.
Sensitivity - An occasional side effect of veneers is sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. This is because the setup procedure removes some of the enamel from the tooth where it will be attached to the veneer.
Benefits For Most People
Though there can be certain drawbacks, most users find the benefits outweigh the costs. Porcelain veneers are an effective way to enhance your smile, giving the appearance of perfectly spaced teeth.
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