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What is a porcelain veneer?

July 31, 2019

A Porcelain Veneer is a very thin piece of beautiful porcelain that can be glued to the front of a tooth to correct or hide chipped tooth, stained teeth, misaligned teeth, worn teeth, etc. Dental veneers are the best solutions to create ideal beautiful smiles. There are two basic types of veneers in the industry, composite veneers, and dental porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are prepared right in the dentist office based on the requirements of the patient and to improve the patient smiles in a single appointment. Whereas, the porcelain veneers function in the same way as composite veneers do, but they are prepared in the dental lab and required a minimum of two appointments. The life span of a porcelain veneer is typically great than that of a composite veneer.

When do you need Veneers?

If you are the one who drinks coffee regularly, smoke cigarettes, consumes tobacco products or if you are routinely eating pigmented foods, you will generally start to see yellowing or discoloration of your smiley teeth. Bleaching can help with this but sometimes is very temporary depending on your teeth and your diet.

Dental veneers to fill the tooth voids:

Minor crooked tooth or gap between teeth can be helped with dental veneers which can hide and covers the chipped tooth or gap between the teeth. Porcelain veneers can also help in aligning the misaligned teeth or disordered teeth.

Treatments process involved in getting veneers:

This treatment usually requires 2-3 three appointments, in your first visit the dentist will examine your past oral health history and medication you are taking. Usually, a cosmetic dentist will handle veneer treatments and he/she will explain the type of veneers you need as well as the cost involved. Insurances rarely cover this procedure.

In your second appointment, your cosmetic dentist will prepare the teeth in a way that the lab can create the most beautiful teeth possible. Sometimes this can mean lightly reshaping the teeth and sometimes it involves a little more depending on where you start and where you want to finish with your smile.

In your third visit or probably the final visit, the dentist will apply the veneers on your teeth surface. Before placing the veneers permanently on your tooth surface the dentist check for proper fit and get your approval of the veneer that was designed. Finally, the dentist will apply a special type of cement on your tooth to place the veneers over it.

Things you should avoid after wearing veneers:


When wearing temporary veneers:

- You should not bite your nails after having veneers placed on your teeth

- Avoid VERY hard foods

- Do not consume tobacco or alcoholic beverages

- Do not chew sticky candies

- Overly colored food


When wearing permanent veneers:

- Do not open soft drinks bottle cap with your teeth.

- Do not bite hard foods, such as chicken bone, pork chops, etc.

- Do not cut your nails using your teeth

- Brush your veneers properly as you do for your teeth.

- Follow the dentist suggestion after placing veneers.


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