What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of porcelain designed to look like real teeth. In essence, you may think of them as synthetic enamel that is attached to the front of your teeth to give them an ideal appearance. Each porcelain veneer is designed to fit each of your teeth's shape, size, and overall structure but without flaws (in other words, a perfect set of teeth).
It is worth noting that veneers are made of two materials: porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain is the superior material for many reasons, as discussed later in the benefits section.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Porcelain dental veneers are cosmetic dentistry accessories, and their primary purpose is to improve your teeth's appearance. However, they also help improve your overall oral health in several ways.
Porcelain veneers work by bonding to the front surface of your natural teeth, a process that usually involves removing some of the enamel and replacing it with the veneers. Once in place, porcelain veneers can last for anywhere from five to 20 years, depending on their type (temporary or permanent) and overall quality.
Uses of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are mostly used for cosmetic purposes. This limits their uses to solving problems that are mostly aesthetic in nature, including:
- Uneven teeth
- Broken teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Awkwardly shaped teeth
It is also worth noting that these dental veneers can also help solve bite issues related to problems such as uneven or broken teeth. However, they cannot solve problems such as cavities and missing teeth.
How Dental Veneer is Installed – What to Expect
Your comfort and convenience matter to us, and we endeavor to make the porcelain veneer installation process easy and convenient. Here is a step-by-step overview of how we do it.
We will begin by preparing your teeth for the veneers by doing the following:
You must meet certain requirements to qualify for dental veneers. As such, we will start by conducting a thorough inspection of your mouth to identify any problems that may impede the installation process. Serious conditions such as tooth decay, root canal, and gum disease may temporarily disqualify you for the process. However, we can rectify minor dental issues such as crooked teeth using braces.
Trimming & Sizing
Porcelain veneers don't simply sit on top of your teeth's front surface. Instead, these custom-made shells essentially replace the teeth's natural outer shell (tooth enamel).
As such, our dentists will trim off some of the enamel on your teeth's front surface using a special grinding tool. Next, we will make a mold or impression of the prepped teeth. Finally, we will send the impression to an off-site dental laboratory to be used to design custom-made veneers to match each of the affected teeth's exact shape and size.
It takes several days to custom-make porcelain veneers, and our off-site lab tries to work as fast as possible. In the meantime, we will fit you with temporary veneers to cover the chipped enamel as we wait for the permanent ones. We will also give you guidelines on how to take special care of your teeth until the next appointment.
The final and most important procedure entails installing the dental veneers. It is a relatively quick and easy process, as outlined below:
- We will start with re-inspecting your oral health.
- Next, we will clean your teeth and gums thoroughly to prevent bacteria from being trapped inside when we install the dental veneers.
- Our dentists will then use the grinding tool one more time to make the teeth's surface rough and abrasive, making it easier for the gum and veneers to stick.
- Finally, we will apply special dental cement to the exposed enamel and apply the permanent veneers. The cement dries in seconds when we apply ultraviolet light to the treated teeth, and you will be good to go.
We will put you under a local anesthetic to make the process painless and comfortable. The procedure shouldn't take more than two hours. Some parts of the veneers may feel rough once the cement dries. The rough texture is caused by remnants of the special cement and usually goes away after several days. Interestingly, you can go about your normal routine (including eating and drinking) as soon as you leave our offices (albeit it is advisable to wait until the anesthetic wears off).
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain dental veneers offer dozens of benefits, including:
- They will make your smile appear straight, smooth, and bright.
- They mimic the appearance of natural teeth, and most people cannot tell the difference.
- They do not cause allergic reactions in the gums.
- They are stain-resistant (no more worrying about red wine staining your teeth).
- They do not require as much preparation and maintenance as crowns.
- They last longer than crowns and composite veneers.
High-quality porcelain veneers can last for up to 20 years with the proper dental care and maintenance. However, it is worth noting that porcelain veneers are also vulnerable to problems such as chipping and cracking, but they are easy to replace.
How Much Will A Porcelain Veneer Cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers in Rigby, Idaho Falls, like most dental lab and dental operations, is affected by a number of factors, including your geographic location, your dentist's reputation and availability, and the severity of your case. Because every patient is different, there may be instances when your dentist needs to make specific concessions to handle atypical conditions, which can raise the overall cost.
Dental veneers can cost anywhere from $400 to $2,500 per tooth, depending on the type. Composite veneers are the most affordable veneer alternative, costing between $400 and $1500 each tooth, whereas porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth. Because this type of cosmetic operation is not frequently covered by insurance, the cost difference might be significant.
Porcelain Veneers Dos & Don'ts
Porcelain veneers require regular maintenance to keep them looking good. We recommend that you keep your teeth and gums clean through regular brushing and flossing. It is also advisable to schedule regular dental visits for professional checkups.
As explained, porcelain veneers are vulnerable to some problems. As such, our dentists caution against the following:
- Chewing on hard objects (such as your fingernails).
- Chewing with your front teeth (ideally, you should only chew hard food using your back teeth).
- Grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Exposing your teeth and mouth to physical impact (such as when playing or fighting).
We recommend that you get a retainer or nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth when sleeping. It is also advisable to shield your mouth when playing rough sports.
Let Us Brighten Your Smile
Can you picture yourself flashing a straight, bright, and essentially perfect smile? An appealing smile is powerful and has the potential to transform your life.
Porcelain veneers can help give you a perfect smile, as they have done for millions of other people. Cedar Creek Dentist is here to facilitate that transformation using our high-quality porcelain veneers.
Cedar Creek Dentist is the leading practitioner of cosmetic dentistry in Rigby, Idaho. Our dentists are skilled and experienced in installing porcelain veneers with picture-perfect results, and we can do the same for you. Get in touch today to learn more about our porcelain veneers and how we can help give you a perfect smile.