Sometimes things can happen to your teeth that might call for a type of cover-up. Often, your teeth may remain fully intact and functional, but their appearance might be lacking something you want. They might be more permanently stained than can be reasonably be fixed with simple whitening practices or other procedures. Or maybe you have a few diastemas, or spaces between your teeth, that might not really call for a full orthodontic correction from braces. These appearance concerns can all be taken care of with porcelain veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers? | Exploring Dental Beauty
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of tooth coloured shells that are placed over your natural teeth to mask the underlying enamel. By doing this, veneers can enhance the overall appearance of your teeth without fully replacing them or taking away their functionality.
Many patients who have slightly misaligned teeth choose this route to help hide those misalignments from sight, and they are typically very satisfied with the results they see. Others use porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of damaged or broken teeth that have become the result of tooth decay or any type of oral trauma.
What to Expect During the Procedure? | The Process of Perfection
We begin every potential porcelain veneer implementation with a consultation for you to discuss all your concerns with one of our dental professionals. From there we will present your options and assist with deciding which portions of your smile could benefit from porcelain veneers.
Moulds of your teeth will be taken to ensure your new veneers are well fitted, and temporary veneers may be installed until 2-3 weeks time when the permanent veneers are prepared.
During the final consultation, your dentist will gently remove the temporary veneers and permanently install the new natural looking veneers.
Since veneers are simply an extension or type of protection for your natural teeth, it is still important to care for them just as you would your normal smile. This includes scheduling several follow-up appointments and practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day. It is also crucial to avoid habits that could damage your natural teeth like biting pens and pencils or biting your nails.