Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain, about the thickness of a fingernail, bonded on to the visible surface of teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be thought of as “conservative crowns.” They change the visible characteristics of teeth, rather than crowns, which encase entire teeth. Veneers can permanently alter teeth while preserving more of the natural tooth structure,compared to crowns that require removal of more enamel. Porcelain mimics tooth structure and appearance better than any other restorative material. It’s harder than enamel and resists staining better than enamel. It rarely discolors, unless the surface of the veneer has been damaged.
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Of prime importance when considering a smile makeover is choosing a dentist who is artistically talented, specifically skilled and experienced in performing the necessary procedures.., A Prosthodontist is a dental specialist that is highly trained in many cosmetic & restorative dental procedures, including veneers.
Prosthodontics deals with the restoration and replacement of teeth and is a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Becoming a Prosthodontist requires three additional years of rigorous dental training in a residency approved by the ADA.
Upon successful completion of a three-year, prosthodontic residency, graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. This certification takes two or more years to complete, with only 30 percent of dentists trained in prosthodontics becoming board certified.
Your most important appointment is your initial veneers consultation. During the appointment, the doctor will get to know you and how you feel about your smile. Consideration is also placed on the smile personality you want to project and how non-teeth related aspects such as facial shape, hair color, and complexion will affect the final result. The initial consultation is typically just a conversation with the doctor, without getting into an exam chair.
After you and the doctor have decided that porcelain veneers are the right option to meet your goals, there is some tooth preparation that may include a local anesthetic for your comfort during the procedure. To start, a small amount of the front surface of the tooth is removed (about the thickness of a fingernail), to allow space for the porcelain.
Then the dentist makes impressions are made of the teeth. The impressions will be used by a laboratory to fabricate your veneers. Very rarely, no tooth preparation is needed, but only in carefully selected cases. apply Then temporary veneers are applied while your porcelain veneers are being prepared made, which usually takes about a week.
During your veneer placement appointment, the temporary veneers are removed, and your porcelain veneers are bonded to your prepared teeth. The newly placed veneers will be adjusted to ensure optimal fit and color.
Maintaining your beautiful new smile is simple. You care for your teeth as usual: brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting the dental office every 6 months for professional cleaning. Your veneers can keep you smiling with confidence for many years.
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