A shining smile has the ability to light up a room and inspire more smiles, as opposed to a smile that contains damaged teeth and stains which send an entirely different message. Unfortunately, not all of us have been blessed with a natural Hollywood smile. Therefore, porcelain veneers were created to improve on a variety of tooth imperfections such as: broken, chipped, cracked, malformed, displaced and discoloured teeth.
Porcelain veneers are semi-translucent, nail-thin shells made of tooth coloured porcelain, which gets placed and bonded to the front surface of teeth, improving the appearance while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are quite similar to natural teeth, which makes it one of the very few materials that are able to mimic the tooth enamel. It is also near impossible to see the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth, since veneers are custom made for each individual patient.
Once bonded to the tooth, porcelain veneers become extremely durable and able to last up to 20 years if well cared for. You will be able to eat, drink and brush the same way you would with natural teeth. The only difference between your own teeth and the porcelain veneers is that the veneers are stain resistant so it doesn’t pick up permanent stains.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is easy. All you have to do is treat it like your natural teeth by routinely brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, and flossing. If you grind your teeth often, a bite guard will be recommended by your dentist. This bite guard will only be necessary at night, as patients who grind their teeth generally do so more at while they’re asleep.
It will only take 3 visits to your dentist in order to get the veneers placed on your teeth, but it is recommended to visit your dentist a week after your veneers have been placed, so that he or she may evaluate the reaction of your gums to the veneers. This appointment is important for your future oral health, even if you feel that the veneers are successful.
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