A veneer works like a mask or makeup, covering the tooth beneath with a flawless and beautiful disguise. However, if you’re interested in getting veneers, it’s important that you understand the full process because after the procedure, your original teeth will be permanently shaved down and unprotected. So today, we’re going to answer a list of porcelain veneers FAQ ‘s. Ready to get started?
Porcelain Veneers FAQ
How are veneers created?
Veneers are created in a dental laboratory using very thin porcelain. Great attention is paid to the details so that the veneers look realistic. Before the veneers are created, your dentist will typically create an impression of your teeth and a model of your mouth for correct sizing and shaping. Finally, to ensure that the color is natural and matches your other teeth, a shade guide is used to select the most fitting color.
How will my original teeth be affected?
To create a realistic smile that isn’t bulky or obtrusive, your dentist will shave down your original teeth. They will permanently reshape them, removing enamel so that the veneer can fit comfortably on top of the original teeth.
How are veneers applied?
The veneers are bonded to your teeth using resin cement. This process creates a very strong bond, so you won’t need to worry about the veneers falling off when you eat, brush, or floss.
How long will the process take?
After the veneers are created (this typically takes a week or so), you will probably be asked to schedule two visits: one to reshape the teeth and one to bond the veneers to your teeth.
How should I care for my veneers?
Care for your veneers just as you would care for your teeth, brushing and flossing as usual. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night, let your dentist know; you will probably be asked to wear a bite guard to minimize the stress placed on your teeth and veneers.
How long will a veneer last?
Because it is nonliving and formed from a strong porcelain material, the veneer itself could last decades. However, because your surrounding gum tissue and original teeth will change, you may need to have your veneers re-bonded or replaced in 7-20 years.
Are there any alternatives I should consider?
Yes. If you’re interested in veneers, you may want to look into Lumineers as well. They provide the same function, but they’re thinner, stronger, and slightly bulkier because the original tooth is left unchanged.