A porcelain veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped shell placed over a tooth to improve its appearance. They can be made from various materials, including resin or porcelain. Most commonly, they are made from porcelain due to their natural-looking appearance and resistance to staining and chipping.
At Hall Dental, we offer veneers as an excellent choice for restoring the appearance of teeth that are discolored and cracked, and thus look unsightly. They are also used to cover small gaps between teeth and hide chips in a tooth's enamel.
The Procedure for Porcelain Veneers
A small amount of enamel from the front surface of the teeth receiving the veneers will be removed. This is usually done under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The amount of enamel removed is typically very minimal, approximately equal to the thickness of the veneers.
Once the teeth are prepared, impressions of your teeth will be taken. These impressions will serve as a model to create your custom-made veneers. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where skilled technicians will use them to fabricate your veneers to match the desired shape, size, and color.
Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will return to the dental office for the bonding procedure. The dentist will carefully place the veneers on your teeth to check their fit and appearance. Adjustments can be made at this stage to ensure a proper fit and optimal aesthetics. The veneers will then be permanently bonded to the teeth using dental adhesive or resin cement.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are carefully crafted to resemble your natural teeth's color, shape, and translucency. The ceramic material used in veneers mimics the light-reflecting properties of tooth enamel, resulting in a natural and lifelike appearance.
Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, making them an excellent choice for individuals who want to achieve a long-lasting bright and white smile. This is because porcelain does not easily absorb pigments from food, beverages, or tobacco, allowing the veneers to retain color over time.
Porcelain veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes. They can address various dental concerns, including discoloration, stains, being chipped or worn, misalignment, gaps, and irregularly shaped teeth. Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of the teeth, creating a brighter, more symmetrical, and more attractive smile.
Placing porcelain veneers is a minimally invasive procedure compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. The process typically involves minimal tooth preparation, where a small amount of enamel is gently removed from the front surface of the teeth to accommodate the veneers. This preserves much of the natural tooth structure.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is relatively simple. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits are essential for maintaining good oral health and prolonging the lifespan of the veneers. For more information about porcelain veneers, visit Hall Dental at 1180 Resurgence Dr Ste 300, Watkinsville, GA 30677, or call (706) 549-8737.