What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front parts of teeth. They cover your teeth in a similar way that an artificial fingernail covers a nail. Veneers can be used as a conservative way to improve the look of your teeth without the need of altering the entire tooth to place a crown. Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and they are very resistant to stains compared to their cosmetic bonding counterparts.
What It’s Used For:
Dental veneers in Farmersville, Texas, are used to correct cosmetic defects on teeth and/or to correct the way that teeth come together. Cosmetic problems that can be corrected with veneers include:
- Teeth that are slightly crooked or stained but in good shape may benefit from Veneers or Clear Correct
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are different lengths
In the past, the only way to correct these or other imperfections was to cover the entire tooth with a porcelain crown, which is a more invasive, but sometimes necessary procedure.
Veneers require two or three dental visits to Harvest Dental. You may have a first visit just to plan the treatment. If not, your treatment may begin at your first visit.
Usually, your dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel (the outer coating of the teeth). This is to make room for the veneers. In some cases, this isn’t necessary. Often, removing the enamel doesn’t hurt, but it may be uncomfortable. If needed, you will be given some local anesthetic.
After preparation, an impression is taken of your teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory will make your porcelain veneers and ship them back to us. This usually takes two to three weeks, so a temporary veneer maybe needed for some teeth.
The veneers will be bonded to your teeth during the next visit. The veneers will “dry fitted” first, allowing you see how they look. If the color is not quite right, it can be adjusted. Your dentist may use a specific color bonding glue. Sometimes the veneer will need to be sent back to the laboratory to have the color or shape corrected.
Once you’re satisfied with the veneers, your dentist will clean your teeth and bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth.
It can take time for you to get used to the look and feel of your new teeth. You won’t have to change the way you floss or brush. But you should not:
- Bite your nails
- Chew on pens, ice or other hard objects
- Put extreme pressure on your teeth
Doing any of these things can cause the veneers to come off, break or chip. Drs. Horsley and Walker may ask you to come back in a few weeks to check the veneers for any problems.
- If enamel is removed from your teeth, they can become sensitive.
- The veneers may not exactly match the color of your other teeth.
- Veneers may fall off. A temporary veneer is more likely to fall off.
When to Call Us:
If your teeth seem very sensitive after having veneers put on, or if the veneers crack or fall off, contact us immediately at 469-812-7100.