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All About Porcelain Veneers: The Most Common Patient Questions

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Porcelain veneers are one of the best ways of creating a beautiful smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asserts that smiling boosts your mood, which enhances your immune system to potentially add another seven years to your lifespan.

Most Common Patient Questions About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are utilized in the recreation of natural teeth to provide added strength and resilience just like teeth enamel. These veneers are created out of porcelain which mimics the enamel and requires custom-fitting. Porcelain veneers improve your teeth’s appearance and have the ability to change the colour, position, and size of your teeth.

History of Porcelain Veneers

Even though cosmetic veneers have gained mainstream popularity during the last two decades, their history stretches back into the 1920’s Dr. Charles Pincus, a Hollywood Dentist, designed cosmetic veneers that could be temporarily applied on the teeth of actresses and actors.

These veneers revolutionized smiles in Hollywood and quickly became a trademark feature on the red carpet. Nevertheless, it was not until the 60’s when a stronger material that could secure the veneers better was created. Porcelain veneers gained mainstream popularity in the 1980’s.

The past 30 years have seen a major upgrade in dental technology and veneers today are more natural looking and fit better than ever. This was made possible by new technology like digital imaging.

Signs You May Need Porcelain Veneers:

  1. Discoloured Teeth

    If you have discoloured teeth or feel that they are not white enough, porcelain veneers are an excellent option. Your veneers will be customized for you and can be placed on multiple teeth, resulting in a whiter, brighter, and beautiful smile.

  2. Teeth that are worn down

    A lot of times, people may fail to provide proper dental care to their teeth. This often results in teeth that are worn out. Worn teeth may not be aesthetically pleasing and may be sensitive to cold or hot food. Porcelain veneers are effective at mitigating this issue.

  3. Chipped teeth

    If your teeth are damaged, chipped, or broken as a result of an accident you could look into porcelain veneers as a solution. These will utilize modern dental technology to rectify give you back your smile.

  4. Misaligned teeth

    Irregularly shaped, uneven, or misaligned teeth can be corrected by braces or Invisalign, but for people not interested in orthodontics, veneers can be an alternative in less severe cases. They are not easy to clean and create issues such as underbites and overbites. Veneers can help to mask the alignment.

  5. Gaps between teeth

    Porcelain dental veneers are exceptional in the way they treat teeth gaps. There are several ways to go about fixing this issue. Your dentist will discuss them with you and advise you accordingly.

Eligibility

Your dentist will need to first ensure that your teeth are capable of receiving porcelain veneers before you can make that appointment. For example, if you have gum disease or suffering from tooth decay, you might not be eligible. You will first have to get those issues treated before you undergo the procedure.

Porcelain Veneers Application Process

Dental veneers usually require three to four visits to the dentist. The first visit is usually a consultation, and impressions of your teeth may be taken and sent to the lab for treatment planning. In some cases, a diagnostic wax-up may be done by the lab and sent back to show the patient for approval. The second appointment involves preparation of the teeth, and the third and final appointment is the insertion of the veneers.

Preparation

A very conservative preparation is made in the enamel to make room for the porcelain. This process may or may not require anesthesia. The dentist will proceed to create a mould or impression of the teeth that will receive the veneers.

These impressions will then be sent to a lab for manufacturing which usually takes 2 weeks. Depending on the amount of preparation needed, temporaries may or may not be needed to cover the teeth for this period of time.

Application

Before the new porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth, your dentist will temporarily place them on your teeth to see whether they are of the right trim, colour, and fit. If the results are good, your teeth will get cleaned to be prepared for etching. Etching helps create a stronger bond by making the enamel more porous. The final adhesive is the special dental cement that matches the colour of both your teeth and the veneers.

After the veneers have been properly fitted, a light laser will be used to harden the bond. The dentist will examine your bite and eliminate any extra bonding substance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

  1. What will happen to my teeth after receiving veneers, will they ever suffer from cavities?

    Excellent oral hygiene is required. It is possible to get a cavity where the porcelain meets the enamel. Daily brushing and flossing is very important, as well as routine dental hygiene appointments.

  2. How long do porcelain veneers last?

    Porcelain veneers can last over 20 years. It is important to note that over time the veneers will not change. However, the adjacent teeth may change in colour or shape. Gums can shrink over time exposing the margin of the veneer which could affect their aesthetic. If these changes occur then a new veneer may be required.

  3. If I only treat the upper teeth using porcelain veneers, will the lower teeth appear more yellow?

    This is a query that needs to be thoroughly discussed during your initial consultation and when designing your smile to ensure that everything blends and matches well. Nevertheless, a lot of patients opt to whiten their lower teeth through bleaching and other procedures to make for a good match.

  4. Are porcelain veneers stained by everyday things such as coffee, wine, or tea?

    Porcelain veneers do not have a propensity to staining. If your teeth are susceptible to stains, you need to avoid or minimize the habits that encourage discolouration. You should also practice adequate oral hygiene procedures to prevent the adjacent teeth from becoming stained.

  5. Does my dental insurance cover procedures such as getting porcelain veneers?

    There are insurance companies which will cover up to 50% of the fees as they deem fit for the procedure. However, this mostly depends on the contract between your employer and insurance company, rather than the fees being charged by your dentist. Veneers are often considered an elective procedure by insurance companies, so be sure to check that you’re covered if you don’t want to pay out of pocket.

Porcelain veneers are an excellent dental option that will help you get the perfect smile. Utilize this guide to educate yourself on veneers and the invaluable effect they can have on your life. For more information about porcelain veneers and other dental procedures, schedule a smile consultation with our dentists at Centenary Dental. Call us today at 1-888-897-2371 or contact us here.


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Dr. Stacey Stein
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Stacy Stein provides personalized care to each patient by explaining the risks and benefits of different treatment options in an honest way, and involves patients in their own care. With a focus on preventative, paediatrics, restorative, prosthodontics, and endodontics, she loves working with patients of all ages.