No one’s teeth are perfect: some are a little bit crooked; some have a slight gap between a couple teeth; some are stained beyond what whitening can correct; and some are chipped or cracked. Correcting these issues with procedures such as orthodontics can be time consuming and expensive. Instead, what if you could address the issues aesthetically and have a new smile in just a couple of weeks?
You can with porcelain veneers at Soft-Touch. Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective means of achieving a more pleasing, beautiful smile in a short period of time.
Who Should Consider Porcelain Veneers?
What Is the Process of Getting Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain dental material, cover-up your tooth imperfections and mask any visible damage. Dr. Bidabadi will carefully evaluate your individual needs and the peculiarities of the tooth/teeth in question and discuss your overall dental goals before developing a treatment plan that works for you. She may recommend a full set of veneers for your top and bottom teeth or may recommend veneers to be targeted to one specific area.
If porcelain veneers are determined to be the best treatment for your teeth, she will make a mold of your mouth and have custom porcelain veneers made just for you. Since tooth veneers are custom made to each patient, this process may take several weeks.
Each veneer will be carefully applied to the surface of your tooth. Your veneers will have the same look and feel as natural teeth and will greatly improve their appearance.
What Are The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain cosmetic veneers provide a very natural looking, but improved appearance to your teeth. Additionally, porcelain veneers are very easily tolerated by your gum tissues.
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What Are The Possible Risks of Porcelain Veneers?
Just like many restorative dental procedures, the application of porcelain veneers does require the removal of some healthy tooth structure. However, porcelain veneers are a much more conservative approach than other major repair options for damaged teeth. It’s also important to note that porcelain veneers are not permanent and may have to be replaced over time.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper care, most porcelain veneers will last between 10-15 years, however, it varies between individuals.
Is Receiving Porcelain Veneers a Painful Process?
The process of shaving off the enamel is the only part of the entire procedure that can be mildly sensitive, but Dr. Bidabadi uses local anesthetic to alleviate any discomfort. The cementing process is painless. After placement, you will have some increased sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the small portion of your enamel. It is not dramatic, and this passes within a few days after your veneers are placed.
Do Veneers Correct the Underlying Problems?
At Soft-Touch Dentistry, we only apply veneer teeth atop healthy teeth. They are not a remedy for issues such as decay. Any more serious issues such as decay or problems with the gums need to be taken care of before veneers are applied. Smile veneers simply overlay cosmetic issues, such as tooth shape or discoloration. But the teeth need to be healthy.
How Often Do You Need to Replace Porcelain Veneers?
There isn’t a set lifespan with porcelain veneers. They are quite durable and highly resistant to staining, so you’ll enjoy your perfect teeth with veneers for a long time.
Your porcelain veneers can last from 10 to 20 years or longer. That’s a big difference in time, but the lifespan can be dictated by changes with the underlying teeth or surrounding gum tissue. Usually if a veneer happens to detach it can usually be re-bonded to the tooth.
These are signs to watch for when your veneers need to be replaced:
- The veneers have developed chips, cracks, or other damage.
- There is damage or decay to the underlying tooth structure.
- The veneer is lifting away from the tooth surface.
- There is staining or discoloration of the veneers.
- You’ve suffered gum recession and more of your tooth root is now exposed.
Can Porcelain Veneers Break?
Porcelain is a glass, and it can shatter if it is placed under excessive pressure. But this is uncommon. Veneers rarely break. Although also unlikely, you can chip off a corner when biting something very hard, such as chewing on bones.
You will want to exercise some common sense with your foods. For instance, chewing ice is bad for your teeth anyway, and it’s a way to break a veneer. Biting into a candy apple isn’t a good idea, as it can dislodge a veneer even if it doesn’t break.
Bottom line? Porcelain veneers are incredibly strong and quite durable, but they are not indestructible.
Do you Need to Maintain Veneers in any Special way?
Porcelain veneers don’t require any different care than your normal oral hygiene, brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing once.
It’s important to be diligent about this, as lax home hygiene can allow decay to form at the edge of a veneer. This is not common, but it can happen if your home hygiene is lackadaisical. Plus, you need to keep your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with the team at Soft Touch.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Made?
Porcelain is used in veneers because of its attributes: high strength, hardness, glassiness, high durability, translucence, and high resistance to staining. Porcelain veneers are created in a dental lab based off color matching and dental impressions made with Dr. Bidabadi.
Veneers are made in layers. The porcelain powder corresponding to the basic tooth color is mixed with water, and is then fired in an oven, not unlike porcelain dishes. Then a laminate is made by uniting layers of porcelain together in a process known as lamination. Once delivered to our Brighton or Newton locations, the completed veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth.
Does the Placement of Porcelain Veneers Damage My Teeth?
When Dr. Bidabadi prepares your teeth to receive veneers, she removes a small amount of the enamel on the front surface of each tooth. This is necessary to make room for the veneer when it is sitting on the tooth. This is a permanent change in each tooth. While it’s not considered to be “damage” it is a change in the tooth enamel that is irreversible. Once a tooth has a porcelain veneer applied to it, it will always need to have a veneer (or it could have a crown) on the tooth to protect the area with decreased enamel.
Is There Recovery After Having Porcelain Veneers Placed?
There isn’t any recovery after Dr. Bidabadi places your beautiful porcelain veneers. During the first step, when she shaves down the natural tooth enamel on the teeth receiving veneers, we provide local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Your teeth may be a little more sensitive to hot and cold after this initial shaving and while your teeth are covered with temporary veneers, but this is not dramatic.
How Will Porcelain Veneers Impact My Diet?
There aren’t any restrictions on what you can eat with porcelain veneers on your teeth. But you will probably want to exercise some common sense about a few items. For instance, biting into a caramel apple would be a way to potentially dislodge a veneer or two from your teeth. The same could happen if you chewed on bones extensively. Also, bad habits such as chewing ice and biting your fingernails could damage or loosen your veneers.
Are there any foods that are strictly out of the question? No. But understand that it is possible to dislodge or break a veneer and consider that when deciding on certain food choices. You’ll probably want to avoid biting into really sticky or hard foods.
Why Use Porcelain for Veneers?
Some dentists place composite resin veneers, but Dr. Bidabadi uses only the finest dental-grade porcelain. Porcelain has high strength, hardness, glassiness, durability, and is very resistant to staining. Also, the translucence of porcelain very closely resembles natural tooth enamel in the way it absorbs and reflects light.
How Long Is the Process of Having Porcelain Veneers Placed?
It takes two appointments with Dr. Bidabadi for the placement of porcelain veneers. During the first appointment, the tooth or teeth to receive veneers are prepared by shaving down the enamel to make room for the veneers. Impressions are taken to be used by the dental lab to fabricate your veneers. This first appointment takes one to two hours, depending upon how many teeth you are covering with veneers.
When your custom-made veneers are finished and delivered to our offices, you return for your second appointment. Again, the length of this session depends upon how many veneers Dr. Bidabadi is placing.
Is the Process of Having Veneers Placed on My Teeth Reversible Later?
No. Once the enamel has been shaved off the fronts of the teeth to make room for the veneers, this is a permanent thing. Enamel cannot be replaced. Forevermore, those teeth will need to be covered with either a veneer or a crown.
Can Veneers Be Removed and Redone?
Yes, veneers are not considered permanent, so if needed, they can be removed and redone, whether for cosmetic or functional purposes. Through normal usage and wear, veneers must be replaced with subtle modifications. However, if a drastic, noticeable change is needed, they can be removed and redone safely.
Can Broken Veneers Be Fixed?
Broken veneers may be fixed depending on the severity of the damage done to the veneer. Small chips in the veneer’s porcelain can be easily fixed. However, a broken or cracked veneer is usually not able to be repaired, and you may need to get brand-new veneers to replace it.
What Is the Best Way to Fix Broken Veneers?
While a dentist can reattach broken pieces of a veneer with a translucent bond material, the best way to fix a broken veneer will be to completely replace it with a new one, as mentioned earlier. Because veneers are designed to last 10 to 20 years, replacement veneers are often a worthwhile investment for most patients looking to fix breaks and cracks in their veneers.
What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
From restoring tooth function to creating a more aesthetic smile, dental veneers can provide many benefits to patients, including:
- Natural-looking, more aesthetic smile
- Resists staining better than natural tooth enamel
- Remains long-lasting for up to 10 to 20 years
- Covers up tooth imperfections
- Requires very little maintenance
How Can I Keep My Veneers in Good Condition?
Although dental veneers are made to last over ten years, keeping up with a good oral routine will keep your veneers in great condition. To protect the health of your veneers and keep them in longer-lasting condition, we recommend patients do the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss between your teeth once a day.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day.
- Avoid using your teeth to open things such as plastic on packages.
- Avoid foods that stain your teeth.
- Avoid hard, chewy foods that can cause damage to your veneers.
- Keep up with regular dental exams and cleanings.