If you have teeth that are cracked, discolored, worn or have uneven spacing or alignment, porcelain veneers may help your condition. Veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry involving the placement of a porcelain or composite over a tooth’s surface. Veneers are not a reversible type of treatment because they require a certain amount of tooth reduction to make room for them.
What Goes into a Veneer Procedure?
To place your porcelain veneer, we will begin by shaping and preparing your tooth by removing some of its structure to make room for the veneer. Then you will be required to wear a temporary veneer while your permanent restoration is being prepared.
Some tooth sensitivity to hot and cold liquids can be expected after the placement of your porcelain veneer because some of the enamel covering of your tooth has been removed. In a few days after the placement of your veneers, this sensitivity should resolve itself.
How Can a Veneer Benefit Me?
Porcelain veneers protect the tooth surface, are aesthetically pleasing and can prevent further treatments, like crowns. Veneers also lend an enhanced appearance to your smile, are durable and require less tooth structure removal than crowns.
Are Veneers the Only Choice When I Need a Smile Makeover?
No. We can help determine what procedures are appropriate for you during a consultation at our office. Suggestions are offered based upon your wishes and a complete examination to see what tooth problems require treatment. This means that your solution may involve teeth whitening, composite bonding, crowns or gingival sculpting.
Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneers
You should brush and floss your teeth as you regularly do to prevent tooth decay. Porcelain veneers are very kind to gum tissues, so do not worry about damaging your veneers by brushing or flossing. You may use a good non-abrasive toothpaste containing fluoride.
How Long Can I Expect My Porcelain Veneers to Last?
Porcelain veneers are quite durable, lasting up to twenty years. The actual veneer is non-living and inert, but the attached tooth and gum tissue can change over time. A shrinkage of the gum line could reveal root surfaces. Veneers can usually be re-bonded if they come off. A chipped veneer can be re-bonded or replaced.
Getting Your Smile Makeover
We encourage you to visit Andover Smiles in North Andover to see how you can get started on a smile makeover. Porcelain veneers may be just what you need to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.