What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin strips of porcelain used to strengthen teeth while mimicking the natural appearance of tooth enamel. They are often used to correct minor imperfections such as chips, gaps, or stains on teeth. They can also be used to reshape or strengthen damaged teeth. A good candidate is someone with straight teeth and no overbite. Veneers are made of thin layers of porcelain which are bonded to the front of the teeth using adhesive. A small portion of tooth enamel must be removed in order to create room for them to fit accurately and comfortably. Porcelain veneers must be custom made to fit your tooth and match the natural color accurately.
The Application Process
The process of applying porcelain veneers is simple. It requires no anesthetic. First, the veneer is placed over the tooth so that an impression can be made for shaping. Once the impression has been made, it will be used to create your own set of custom veneers. Once they are ready, they will be fitted and checked for size, shape, and color. After it is ensured that everything is fitting properly, they will be permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. Custom fit veneers both look and feel completely natural. They also resist stains made by coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke. Porcelain veneers are frequently recommended for teeth that resist whitening or to fix small gaps or overlaps.
Easy and Low Maintenance
Porcelain veneers are relatively low maintenance. You just need to treat them as you would normal teeth. Regular flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste is all you need. After one week, you may be asked to return to the office for a follow up visit. You should also return to your dentist at regular intervals for professional cleaning and inspection. If you are in the habit of grinding your teeth, you may need to be fitted with a special mouth guard so you don’t damage your veneers during sleep.
Dr. Steven Olsen, located in Centennial, CO, is a Dentist who services patients from Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Aurora, CO. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!