veneers, bonding and porcelain veneers
Composite bonding (also sometimes called "direct veneers" or
"plastic veneers") is a tooth-colored plastic resin
material. Bonding can usually be placed in one visit and is
used many times to repair a smaller chip in a tooth or to
make aesthetic improvements in more than one tooth. Bonding
usually requires little to no tooth reduction or anesthesia.
Porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic in terms of the
spectrum of colors, realism and translucency because they
are made in a lab out of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are
also more of a long-term solution than bonding, as they do
not stain, discolor, and are stronger than bonding.
Porcelain veneers usually require only a couple of office
visits - the first visit to prepare the teeth and the second
to seat the veneers.
So which are better
composite veneers or porcelain veneers?
The most popular type of veneers are porcelain, which offer a
stronger and more durable alternative to its composite
counterpart. Composite veneers are also more prone to staining
and do not last as long as porcelain veneers which also offer
more a natural looking, translucent tooth-like appearance.
Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in
general, but considering that they do not last as long and need
replacing more often they could end up costing more in the long
Composite work is ideal for small chips as this treatment
preserves more of your natural tooth structure.
aesthetic appearance between Composite Veneers and
do porcelain veneers work? Treatment Process
The porcelain veneer procedure takes place over at least two
The first part of any dental procedure is the initial
consultation and examination so that the dentist can get a
feel for what you want and understand your needs and
concerns. The dentist should explain the treatment procedure
to you including an accurate guide to the likely costs of
During your initial visit, your teeth will be prepared for
the veneers. This may consist of simply roughening, reshape
and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they
can accomadate the veneersor, in cases where the veneers are
used to correct structural issues such as crowding, the
teeth may be shaped more extensively in preparation.
Once your teeth are prepared, a precise impression will be
taken of your teeth. This will be used to fabricate your
personal porcelain veneers so they fit securely to the tooth
surface. whilst you are waiting for your veneers to be
fabricated your dentist you may be fitted with some
temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth. Not all
dentists will offer temporary veneers.
When you arrive for your next visit, your custom made
porcelain veneers will be available for your inspection, and
will then be bonded to the existing tooth, leaving you with
the bright, white, youthful looking smile you've dreamed of.
The process involves removing a small amount of tooth
structure to make room for the veneers. The dental lab then
fabricates the veneers from impressions. After placement,
the veneers look like natural teeth. Some advantages of
porcelain veneers over bonding include increased longevity,
and resistance to staining.
and recommended care
With proper home care and
scheduled dental visits, veneers can provide you with a
beautiful smile for many years. A week or two after the
placement of your veneers, we ask that you return to our
office for a cosmetic polish and treatment evaluation. This
visit is extremely important. It gives us the opportunity to
evaluate the placement of the veneers, the tissue response
and to answer any questions you might have regarding your
new smile makeover. For example, if you grind or clench your
teeth, please let us know. We can fabricate a soft night
guard for you to wear to minimize the stresses placed upon
your teeth while you sleep.
The maintenance of your porcelain veneers is relatively
simple. Brush and floss as you normally would to prevent
oral hygiene problems. Once placed, veneers are typically
the kindest restoration to the gum tissues that we currently
have available. Don't be afraid that you'll damage your
veneers by either flossing or brushing. Any non-abrasive
toothpaste is acceptable. A good home care regimen will help
ensure the aesthetic success of your veneers.
Another important point is that oral habits such as nail
biting, opening bobby pins and chewing on hard objects could
damage your new veneers.
Once placed, your veneers are very
strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them
by a normal diet, so a normal diet should pose no problem at
all. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile
strength. Therefore, you should avoid anything that will
bend or twist the veneers. Thus some precautions on eating
habits as with bonding and crowing, As with your regular
teeth, opening bottle caps with your teeth or biting into or
crunching on hard candy or ice is not a good idea. They will
not be as strong as enamel. Margins needs eventually
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A Final Word
The decision to enhance your smile with
porcelain veneers is a very personal one. Even a subtle
change in your smile can make an exceptional difference in
the way you look and feel - and. on your social outlook.
When you feel good, you look great. And that helps you
project an image of self-confidence and high personal
esteem. If you have any further questions about porcelain
veneers, please call us now.
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