When it comes to dental terminology, most patients have heard the phrase dental veneers, yet most have no idea about what this restorative, cosmetic dental procedure entails. Dental veneers placed by a cosmetic dentist can not only give you beautiful teeth, they also have a number of advantages over similar types of cosmetic procedures.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
These wafer-thin, custom-made made shells are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve patient appearance. Your dentist will bond these laminates to your teeth to change their color, shape, size or length. They can be used in conjunction with other treatments, including crowns, bridges, dental implants, teeth whitening and more to achieve a smile makeover.
How Porcelain Veneers are Used
This cosmetic restorative procedure can correct multiple flaws that include a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth, along with shape, color and minor positioning defects. A host of flaws, such as discoloration, staining and more may all be corrected. When manufactured from the same mix of porcelain as other dental restoratives, such as crowns, implants and bridges, a veneer with match them exactly, giving your teeth a uniform color.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers Over Other Procedures
Multiple advantages come with a dental veneer over other types of cosmetic dental procedures used to correct the appearance of teeth. They may be used to fix small surface areas on a single tooth or in many locations at the same time, according to your goals. Here are some of the benefits:
Quick With Short Recovery
Advances in technology now allow allow this procedure to be done in a couple of visits or even in one day, in some cases. Little recovery time is needed. Once a porcelain veneer has been placed and the anesthetic has worn off, you can resume normal function almost immediately.
Customized Veneers to Fit Your Teeth
This dental restoration is customized in size, shape and color to match your other teeth so they are as natural looking as possible. Unlike your natural teeth, they are resistant to staining, so you will keep your white smile. In addition, less of the surface of the tooth or teeth needs removal than in resin bonding, preserving the health of the teeth involved.
When this restoration is done properly, it not only strengthens teeth but also lasts 10 to 15 years with proper care. Patients should follow recommendations from their dentist for best results.
Think you may be the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers? Contact 3V Dental Associates today to schedule your free cosmetic dental consultation. Our friendly staff is always ready to help!