What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Dr. Chowning will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
What is the Veneers Placement Process?
The process of placing veneers is relatively simple and can be done in two appointments.
First, you will need to come in for a consultation at Timberlake Dental so we can assess your viability as a candidate for veneers.
While veneers are designed to improve the appearance of dental imperfections, it is important that you are in good oral health and don’t have severe orthodontic issues. These issues will need to be treated before you can receive veneers.
Once you’ve been approved as a candidate, Dr. Rodney Chowning will prepare the teeth that are receiving the veneers by performing an enameloplasty. Enameloplasty involves removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth. This is done because veneers are .5 mm thick and for them to blend in and look natural, we need to trim the thickness of the veneers from your natural tooth enamel.
After the enameloplasty, we will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental lab that will create your veneers. Your veneers will be expertly crafted using your teeth impressions as a model for how they should sit in your mouth.
It will take a few weeks for them to be complete and you may receive temporary veneers while you wait. Once the veneers are ready, you’ll return for another appointment where we will bond the veneers to your teeth. To schedule an appointment for veneers, contact us at (940) 395-1467.
How Do I Care for My Veneers?
Caring for your veneers is pretty simple. You don’t need any special tools or fancy treatments to keep your veneers in good condition. Though veneers are a temporary cosmetic treatment, they have an estimated lifespan of up to 15 years.
To ensure that your veneers last for as long as possible and don’t become damaged, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste. Floss once a day to remove food particles from the teeth.
Protect your teeth from bruxism by wearing a nightguard if necessary. Veneers are stain-resistant but over time can pick up surface stains just like the natural teeth so you should get regular dental cleanings every 6 months to keep your veneers looking pearly white.
What Type of Cosmetic Issues Can Veneers Treat?
Dental veneers do not fix dental problems but they do cover up teeth that aren’t aesthetically pleasing or have some dental imperfections. Some of the cosmetic issues that veneers can be used to cover include:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps in the teeth
- Minor crooked teeth
- Irregularly shaped or sized teeth
- Worn-down teeth
Can I Eat and Drink Normally With Veneers?
It’s important to differentiate temporary veneers from your permanent veneers.
The set of veneers we give you while you wait for your permanent ones at the dental lab are much less durable and the cement bonding them to your teeth is temporary and can become dislodged or worn off. For this reason, you should be extra careful while wearing temporary veneers and avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods.
Once you receive your permanent veneers, you won’t have to worry about the veneers falling off. However, veneers are made of porcelain which is prone to chipping and damage from wear and tear so it’s still a good idea to avoid using your veneers to chew hard foods like candy, nuts, and ice.
Never use your veneers as tools to open things and refrain from smoking which can cause staining and weaken the adhesive. Reduce your consumption of staining foods and drinks to keep your veneers as white as possible, or use a straw when consuming staining drinks.