At Kinkade Dental Studio we use our mastery of aesthetics to create porcelain veneers (or dental veneers) to help you achieve your dream smile. Even crooked teeth can be straightened with porcelain veneers with an incredible cosmetic dentistry technique known as “instant orthodontics”.
The dentist will sculpt thin shells called Porcelain veneers that will be bonded to the surface of your natural teeth. Porcelain is the most frequently used material because of its durability and realistic appearance. In addition, porcelain veneers are a more conservative restoration alternative to dental crowns since they require less removal of the tooth’s original surface. With porcelain veneers in place, cosmetic dentistry patients can expect whiter, straighter teeth.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
During the initial visit, the dentist will discuss the process of placing porcelain veneers and the options available including shapes, materials types, and color shades for designing your dream smile.
With a plan in place, the dentist will prepare the teeth at the next visit by removing a very small layer of each tooth’s outer enamel making room for the veneer placement. The dentist will then make a mold (or impression) of your teeth and send it to a dental lab where they create customized dental veneers for the teeth. The lab prepares the porcelain veneers in roughly 7 to 10 days. In the meantime, patients may choose to have temporary restorations placed on their teeth while waiting for the dental veneers to be prepared. When the veneers are complete the patient makes third and final dental visit. The dentist will apply the permanent dental veneers to the tooth or teeth using a bonding material.
Following the Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Dental veneers should be cared for in much the same way as natural teeth; this includes daily brushing, flossing, and periodic check-ups. Given the proper care, porcelain veneers can preserve a smile for decades. Initially some cosmetic dentistry patients may experience hot and cold sensitivity in the teeth, however this sensitivity should lessen within a couple weeks. Porcelain veneers can withstand considerable force when a patient bites down, however they may fracture or break if twisted, therefore hard or sharp foods such as ice or pistachios should be avoided since they may cause undue stress to the veneers. If you tend to grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, the dentist can fit you with a mouth guard that will protect your teeth and veneers.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers/dental veneers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact us.