Porcelain Veneers: You Can Improve Your Smile Quickly

Better smile with porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are a very common cosmetic treatment.

Are you considering improving your smile but aren’t quite sure which cosmetic dentistry treatment could be right for you? Porcelain veneers are an option that can provide a better smile for many patients, whether you have chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth.

What are veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed on the front of your teeth. They present a flawless and natural appearance, along with the proper shade and translucency, due to their porcelain construction.

The difference offered by porcelain veneers before and after your procedure can be dramatic. This fast and straightforward treatment can help you achieve a noticeably better smile.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

Porcelain veneers are often compared and contrasted to dental crowns, as the two treatments do overlap in some of their applications. In general, veneers are better for purely cosmetic issues, where teeth are otherwise strong and healthy.

Veneers require trimming a thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth so they can sit flat and even. Dental crowns, on the other hand, require removing more material around the entire tooth to prepare a solid base for the crown.

Both porcelain veneers and dental crowns are custom made to provide a flawless yet natural appearance. However, porcelain veneers only affect the face of the tooth rather than its entire outer surface.

If you have a minor crack or chip, or a tooth that is oddly shaped, veneers are a great solution. They remove much less material than when placing a dental crown, which can provide better long-term health outcomes for strong teeth.

If your tooth is severely cracked, chipped, or decayed, a dental crown is likely the better option. Dental crowns replace damaged enamel to protect the interior of the tooth, so they are often used after root canal treatment or dental trauma.

The best way to find out which is right for you is to speak to your dentist. They can evaluate your unique needs and give you a better idea of what to expect before and after treatment.

Your Porcelain Veneer Procedure

The first step to getting your veneers will be a consultation. You can discuss a variety of options with your dentist, and they’ll examine your teeth to ensure there aren’t any underlying dental issues that could affect your veneers.

When it comes time for your procedure, the dentist begins by removing a thin layer of enamel from the face of the tooth or teeth that will receive veneers. This is just about half a millimeter, so it doesn’t impact the strength or health of the tooth.

Your dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth. This impression is sent to a specialty lab that will make your porcelain veneers. The impression is used to ensure a perfect fit when the veneers are placed.

Once your veneers are ready, you’ll have another appointment where they will be placed. Veneers are attached to the prepared surface using a special dental cement that provides a long-lasting and strong hold. The cement is cured with UV light to provide a secure hold right away. 

Your porcelain veneer procedure is now complete. You can leave the dental office with a better smile.

Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is a strong and durable material, so your veneers can last from 10 to 15 years if you care for them properly. There are a few simple points to remember to avoid any damage to your veneers.

You should avoid biting anything other than food, such as using your teeth to open packaging. You should also avoid a few types of harder foods, particularly chewing on ice.

If you experience teeth grinding, you’ll need a nightguard to protect your veneers. Anyone who grinds their teeth should have a nightguard to prevent wear to their natural teeth. Similarly, you should have a mouthguard for any sports activity.

You can maintain the same oral hygiene routine as before, brushing and flossing veneer teeth the same way as natural teeth. Brush twice each day, remember to floss, and make sure to visit your dentist for routine exams and cleanings every six months.

If your dental veneers become damaged, either through physical trauma or years of wear, they can be replaced. Your dentist can remove the veneers and take a new impression for replacement veneers just like the first time.

Find the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.

MASC Dental Studio is your trusted aesthetic family dentist in Friendship Heights. Dr. Enjati carries out a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments and can develop the perfect treatment plan for your individual smile goals.

Whether with porcelain veneers or other options, you can enjoy a beautiful, natural smile through a comprehensive dentistry experience. Reach out today to book a consultation.