They are also called dental veneers/porcelain laminate. They are a layer of custom-made material designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They improve the appearance of your teeth in terms of length, colour, shape, and size. Dental veneers are water thin, and mimic the reflecting properties of natural teeth. They can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials.
Porcelain veneers are permanent and irreversible. They therefore require a well thought out decision. Since they are both an aesthetic and a serious dental procedure, you should request to see previous work to make sure that they are good for you. This includes before the procedure, after the procedure and years of maintenance.
Compared to other whitening methods, porcelain veneers are more expensive. This is because they make your teeth look natural while giving you a chance to alter their position colour etc.
The procedure of getting dental porcelain veneers
You can undergo the veneering process for one tooth or many at the same time. The process requires three dental visits including consultation and the actual procedure.
Since dental veneers can solve a number of teeth problems, you will need to inform your dentist the result you are trying to achieve. Your dentist will then examine your condition and take impressions of your teeth structure. In cases where tooth decay, periodontitis or other teeth diseases are prevalent, veneers cannot be installed.
Before the actual process, your dentist will reshape your teeth in order to achieve a standard thickness. He will then trim the enamel before making a model of your tooth/teeth. During the trimming, you can decide whether the dentist will numb the area/you will bear the pain. The models are then sent to the lab where they take about a month. During this time, you will use temporary dental veneers.
Your tooth/teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched in order to making the bonding smooth.
Fixing and bonding
Since dental veneers are custom made, your dentist will place the veneer on your tooth to test its fit and colour. He will trim it repeatedly if necessary before cementing it to your tooth permanently. Your dentist will then use a special cement to bond the veneers. When it is properly positioned, the dentist will activate the chemicals in the cement by shining a light beam on your teeth. This will harden the chemical and make it easy to remove excess cement.
How porcelain veneers help whiten teeth
Porcelain veneers provide a range of amazing benefits including whitening the teeth and transforming shape and position of the tooth. Since they are custom made, they address personal staining issues, brown teeth, size among others.
When properly maintained, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. This means that you can achieve exact whiteness that will last longer. They offer a high sheen that cannot be achieved by other teeth whitening/bleaching methods. In addition to this, the results can be customised to fit your lips and facial features.
In what case is porcelain veneers the best option for you
When you trip or fall and your tooth have, a grey cast on it. You can get a veneer for that tooth or a part of it. Partial veneers cover a part of the tooth while full veneers cover the entire front of your teeth.
Aesthetic purposes-If you have good hygiene and healthy gums, you can consider veneers to brighten up your smile.
If you have misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
What you need to know before choosing porcelain veneers
- They are not removable
They are bonded and fixed permanently. A dentist can only remove them after 15 to 20 years.
- Too white looks artificial/ unnatural
Many people think that the whiter the better, however choosing an off white looks more natural and real.
- Veneers can chip and crack
They can stand up to normal wear and tear. However, you need to know that they are like normal teeth. Grinding and biting down hard objects can cause chipping/cracking.
- You don’t have to fix the entire mouth
It is not necessary to get veneers for all teeth. In some cases, you only need them for the front teeth.
- Porcelain is good at resisting stains
Porcelain is less likely to become discoloured. There are also temporary veneers that last for two to three weeks.
Bottom line: porcelain veneers help in whitening stained teeth. They also fix other issues. They are costly and permanent.