If you’re looking for a minimally invasive solution to drastically improve the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers might be for you. The thin shells are custom-made to fit onto the front surfaces of your teeth to instantly change their color, size, shape, and proportion. In the past, a significant amount of enamel was removed to bond them to your teeth, but now veneers are thinner. This makes the treatment less invasive, but how do they adhere to your teeth? Here’s what you can expect during the bonding process.
How are Veneers Bonded to the Teeth?
Porcelain allows veneers to be thinner than ever, so less of your tooth’s structure needs to be removed during the bonding process. Although you might be concerned about altering your teeth, it’s necessary to ensure the veneers sit flush to achieve natural-looking results.
After your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will lightly etch their surfaces to remove a small amount of enamel. A digital impression of your mouth is taken to design your veneers to meet your exact specifications. It can take the dental lab a couple of weeks to make them, so you may need to have temporary veneers in the meantime.
Once your final veneers are ready, you’ll return to the dental office to have them bonded in place. Your dentist will use a dental cement to position the veneer on your teeth. They then use a special light to quickly cure the cement. Now, your porcelain veneer can stay in place for a decade or longer with the right aftercare.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Getting veneers is a big decision because you will need to cement them to your teeth. Don’t worry, they are an investment in your self-esteem because they can correct several cosmetic issues at once using just one treatment. They are often recommended for patients who are looking to improve:
- Discolored or stained teeth.
- Chipped, fractured, or shorter than average teeth.
- Gaps between front teeth.
- Minor alignment concerns for a straight smile.
When compared to traditional veneers, those made of porcelain provide a variety of benefits, including:
- Natural-looking results using all-ceramic material.
- Less invasive.
- Results in as few as 2 appointments.
- Keep more of your tooth’s structure.
- Last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
If you’re ready to transform your teeth without a lengthy or invasive treatment process, porcelain veneers may be right for you. Besides evaluating your dental health, your dentist will also discuss your desired results and determine the severity of your aesthetic concerns. After your initial consultation, they’ll create the customized treatment plan you need to achieve your dream smile.
About Dr. Mark M. Farthing
Dr. Mark M. Farthing has provided comprehensive dental care since 1982. Besides general dentistry, he has also completed advanced training in many areas of specialty, including occlusion and sedation dentistry. He embraces the latest solutions to enhance the health, function, and appearance of the teeth. If you’re ready to get the smile of your dreams contact our office today to see if porcelain veneers are right for you.