Unhappy with the look of your teeth and interested in a way to transform your smile that will last longer than the time it takes to pay for your dental treatment? If so, porcelain veneers may be just what you’re looking for. The cosmetic dental option is one of the most effective ways to enhance the overall look of your smile, not only immediately, but for years to come.
The procedure is relatively simple to complete and can make a dramatic difference in the aesthetic look of your teeth. During treatment, the exterior enamel surface of any teeth to be treated are gently etched to provide a surface that will more effectively allow the veneers to permanently bond to existing healthy tooth structure. A mold is then taken of the teeth and the veneers are manufactured to precisely fit your mouth. Color is selected at this time by you and your dentist in order to most accurately match surrounding teeth or to create a brighter and whiter smile that looks natural.
Once the porcelain veneers are ready, you need to make a second visit back to the dentist’s office so that the new tooth “covers” can be permanently adhered to the front of your teeth. This is a relatively painless procedure. Once adhered, your bite will be checked for proper functioning and comfort and any slight modifications needed will be made at that time to ensure that your teeth not only look, but feel just like your natural teeth. The veneers are so thin that you should not notice much of a difference, if any, between your teeth with veneers affixed and your natural teeth before they were etched.
Most people are concerned about how long porcelain veneers last, since this cosmetic dental procedure can be relatively pricey. While many factors can impact how long they will last, you can expect your new pearly whites to last at least 10 – 15 years under optimal conditions. This includes taking proper care of your new teeth, including regular brushing and flossing, as well as maintaining a regular routine of preventative dental visits.
When wearing porcelain veneers, you should be able to eat and drink just about anything that you would consume with your natural teeth, but some care should be taken in order to keep teeth in optimal condition. For example, you should avoid biting into anything that is very hard, especially if it is a non-food item that shouldn’t be in your mouth in the first place, such as pens, nails, etc. In order to maximize the aesthetic look of your teeth over the long term, you should also avoid any food or drinks that can stain the veneers. The surface will hold up well to stains but continual or excessive exposure to staining pigments can diminish the brightness and beauty of your new dental veneers.
In addition to taking precautions when it comes to what you eat or drink, other factors that can influence the lifespan of your porcelain veneers include bruxism, your bite and potential injury. The key is to take good care of your teeth, to visit your dentist often and to address any potential issues that may arise before they negatively impact the look of your teeth or how long they last.
For more information about how porcelain veneers can transform your smile, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.