For those seeking a quick way to perfect their smile, porcelain veneers are thin, wafer-like coverings that are custom-made according to the unique contour of teeth. Thus, for teeth that are stained, chipped or have gaps, veneers represent a cosmetic correction that brightens teeth and adds strength and resilience. What’s more, placing veneers is far less invasive than dental crowns or braces, as explained by Colgate. To learn more about the process, continue reading below.
Typically, placing porcelain veneers requires one to two dental appointments, depending on where the veneer is fabricated. Even so, the process of bonding the porcelain to teeth remains the same. In order to do so, a patient’s original teeth must be prepared. This requires removing a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure space for the veneer. At this point, an impression of the tooth might be taken to provide exact specifications for the veneer. As such, a temporary veneer might be attached until the permanent one is ready.
To apply the final veneer, each tooth is thoroughly cleaned with a rough surface such as pumice. Similarly, the veneer itself is etched and washed. Using adhesive and cement, the porcelain veneer is placed on the tooth and light cured for 60 seconds to seal it to the tooth. Any material that is along the sides of the veneer will be removed, as the margins are cleaned and polished.
When compared to other options for improving the appearances of teeth, porcelain veneers are a simple, yet dramatic enhancement that’s comfortable. With regular brushing and flossing, along with a commitment to routine dental visits, patients can continue to enjoy their perfect smile for years to come.
Experienced Cosmetic Dentist
Proudly serving East Cobb, Marietta and the greater Atlanta area, Dr. Leia Porcaro is a trusted cosmetic dentist at Grateful Dental. Are your teeth shaped irregularly? Perhaps your teeth are fractured or stained. In either case, the team at Grateful Dental welcomes your call to discuss the advantages of porcelain veneers.