Enhance the Beauty of Your Smile
Porcelain veneers are thin, durable, tooth-shaped shells that are bonded onto the front of the teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. They’re custom-made in a professional dental laboratory just for you to ensure a natural appearance.
Depending on your needs, veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be used as a convenient alternative to crowns and are the perfect solution for treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, porcelain veneers are not permanent and may eventually need replacing. However, they’re very durable and will keep your smile shining for many years. With routine maintenance and quality care, porcelain veneers can last upwards of 20 years.
Porcelain veneers help in the following ways:
- Cosmetically create a uniform, white, and beautiful smile
- Treat severely discolored or stained teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth that are too small or large
- Correct unwanted or uneven spaces in your smile
- Improve the appearance of worn, misshapen, crooked, or chipped teeth
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Getting porcelain veneers usually requires two visits in order to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required throughout. Dr. Otteson will prepare your teeth by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. He’ll then take a mold of your teeth and help you choose a shade that matches the rest of your smile.
During the second visit, your teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. When you’re ready, Dr. Otteson will place the bonding cement between the tooth and veneer and use a special light beam to harden and set the bond. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will help ensure you maximize the lifespan of your new veneers.
People with tooth decay, active gum disease, or weakened teeth as a result of tooth decay, large dental fillings, or fracture may not be good candidates for porcelain veneers. As well, they may not be a good choice for those who do not have adequate existing enamel or gride their teeth as too much pressure can cause damage to the veneers.
The treatment process for porcelain veneers is not painful at all. A local anesthetic will be applied in order to minimize any discomfort. Following the procedure, any tenderness can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen and Advil. A cold compress may also provide relief.
Dental insurance typically does not include cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening or veneers. Because porcelain veneers are for aesthetics rather than medical necessity, your dental insurance may not cover them. Depending on your plan and provider, however, you may be eligible to get a portion of the cost covered.
The first few days after treatment, it’s recommended that you eat softer foods while your mouth adjusts to the veneers. But after a few weeks, there are very few restrictions on what you can eat. Ice, hard candy, caramel, nuts, and popcorn should be eaten with caution. Some patients choose to avoid these altogether to reduce the risk of damaging their veneers.