Do you want to improve the shape and color of your teeth and have a more beautiful smile? Porcelain veneers are a good option. It is a quick alternative that allows you to improve the appearance of your teeth and make your smile look better aesthetically.
We live in a world in which the image is increasingly important, and, in many jobs, it is a fundamental requirement. In addition, the smile is our letter of introduction and for some people, certain types of defects have low self-esteem. Dental veneers can help you not only improve the aesthetics of your teeth, but also to restore your confidence in yourself.
Porcelain veneers stand out from the rest and are becoming the most popular. This has been helped by the media boost given by some artists and members of the jet set who have opted for this type of treatment.
They are sheets of material composed of ceramic that adhere firmly to the teeth. Its purpose? Improve the aesthetics of the tooth by modifying its color, shape and brightness.
It is a dental reconstruction technique with very favorable results, both for its duration and for the aesthetics obtained.
They are different from other veneers and have a thickness that varies between 0.3 and 1.2 mm, achieving adherence to the teeth that allows patients to eat or speak normally, as if they were not wearing any veneers.
Porcelain veneers are very strong when bonded to tooth enamel. Also, they can last quite a long time, with a success rate of around 97% for at least 15 years.
They tend to be placed on several teeth at once as it is easier to match the overall color and shape of the tooth. They are usually placed on the upper central and lateral incisors, since they are the most visible and exposed teeth.
In order to place a porcelain veneer, you generally have to visit us several times: once for the first consultation, and at least two more to make and cement the veneers.
The process that we will describe can be done simultaneously on one or several teeth. We are going to explain how porcelain veneers are placed on the teeth step by step...
Step 1: first consultation
This first step involves the diagnostic phase: We'll examine your teeth to make sure porcelain veneers are the best option for you, explain the procedure, take X-rays if necessary, and possibly take impressions of your teeth as well.
In this consultation you must ask us all your doubts, participate actively commenting on what result you hope to obtain and the expectations you seek regarding your dental aesthetics.
Step 2 – preparation:
How are porcelain veneers prepared?
To prepare the tooth, we will first remove approximately ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, or the amount that is equal to the thickness of the porcelain veneers that will be added to the tooth.
Before performing this procedure, it may be necessary to use a local anesthetic to avoid uncomfortable sensations in the area. This process should not cause pain since there are no nerves in the dental enamel.
Then, we will make a model or impression of your tooth and in our dental laboratory we will make the veneers. This process lasts approximately 5 to 10 days and don't worry, during this time we will place temporary veneers on your teeth.
Step 3: cementation:
How to cement porcelain veneers?
Before veneers are permanently cemented to the teeth, they must be checked for color and fit on the tooth with the idea that it is the right size to adhere correctly. If necessary, it will be cut.
After the veneers are cemented, prepare to see your new Wiser Smile.
Porcelain veneers offer the following advantages
They give your teeth a natural appearance.
The gum tissue tolerates porcelain very well.
They are more resistant to stains.
You can select their color in such a way that dark teeth can appear whiter.
They allow you to change the color and shape of a tooth without requiring extensive preparation before the procedure unlike caps or crowns.
They are a stronger and more aesthetic alternative.
The disadvantages of traditional porcelain veneers include
They are a non-reversible process.
They are more expensive than composite resin.
They cannot be repaired if they chip or crack.
You can increase tooth sensitivity when eating hot or cold food, because some of the enamel has been removed.
Eventually it may happen that the color of the porcelain veneers does not match the color of your other teeth and once placed they can no longer be modified.
If you plan to whiten your teeth, you should do so before getting your veneers.
Teeth with veneers may become decayed and require a full crown.
If you have cavities, teeth with periodontal disease, dental fractures or are weak, porcelain veneers are not a good option for you.
If you clench and grind your teeth (bruxism) you are not a good candidate for porcelain veneers, as this can cause them to crack or chip.
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