A beautiful smile can boost your confidence and change the way other people perceive you. However, most people aren’t blessed with naturally gorgeous teeth. Cracks, chips, discoloration, and other cosmetic flaws plague countless individuals. However, thanks to porcelain veneers, you may be able to say goodbye to the things you don’t like about your pearly whites and hello to a smile that draws all the right kinds of attention.
Porcelain Veneers: The Basics
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain that a dentist permanently attaches to the fronts of your teeth. They are capable of disguising all sorts of aesthetic imperfections, from stains that have been there for years to minor misalignment and teeth that are disproportionately small. Veneers look entirely natural because porcelain reflects light in a way that is similar to that of natural teeth.
Here is a breakdown of how we install veneers:
- We begin with a consultation. We discuss your smile goals and design a treatment plan. We’ll likely recommend that you get your teeth whitened before you receive veneers (it will be too late for whitening after the veneers are in place because porcelain does not respond to bleaching).
- We prepare your teeth. So the veneers don’t look bulky, we have to remove a sliver of enamel from your teeth.
- We take some impressions. These serve as the guide that the laboratory uses to create your custom new smile.
- You wear a temporary veneer until your permanent ones arrive in our office. We attach them, and you walk away feeling like a brand-new you!
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are an investment in your smile. To protect them and help your veneers last as long as possible, we recommend that you:
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist can help to prevent problems with your veneers and the teeth that support them.
- Don’t bite on anything too hard. Things like ice and hard candies may break your veneers, so it’s best to avoid eating such things. No biting on finger nails or chewing pens either.
- Watch the nighttime grinding. We often recommend the use of a nighttime bite guard to prevent damage to your new teeth during the night. Don’t worry, Dr. Boyd has ultra-thin appliance material if something bulky does not work for you.
If you ever do experience a problem with your veneers, please give us a call. We will be happy to help you fix the issue so you can go back to enjoying your dazzling smile.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?
Porcelain veneers are a great option for almost anyone who:
- Is free of gum disease and other significant oral health problems
- Has great daily habits that will protect their veneers
- Understands that since veneers are a purely cosmetic treatment, insurance is unlikely to help pay for them
- Wants to dramatically improve their smile with a real natural result
When you come into our office for your consultation, we’ll give you further details on what to expect during the veneer process. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!