What Porcelain Veneers Can Do for You
Porcelain veneers, also known as instant orthodontics, are among the most flexible tools available to cosmetic dentists. Made from an advanced form of porcelain, veneers create a powerful bond with tooth enamel, providing a strong, long lasting, beautiful surface for your teeth. Porcelain allows some light to pass through, giving it reflective properties similar to that of natural tooth enamel. Because of these unique characteristics, they are one of the strongest and most natural looking treatments for a variety of cosmetic dental issues such as:
- Cracked teeth
- Chipped or pitted teeth
- Discoloration that cannot be treated with traditional teeth whitening procedures
- Small gaps between the teeth
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
- Minor misalignment
If any one of these issues is preventing you from having the smile you’ve always wanted, a smile makeover with porcelain veneers might be the answer. We can apply any number of porcelain veneers, treating just one tooth or treating your entire smile.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are not only capable of treating many common cosmetic complaints you may have about your smile, they are better than many competing treatment options. Here’s why:
- Very natural-looking
- Can be completed in a month
- No need for retainers
- Can address multiple problems at once
They are more natural-looking, more stain resistant, and last longer than dental bonding. When used to close gaps or straighten teeth, they are better than orthodontics because they can be completed in about a month, while orthodontics can take a year or more. And you don’t need to wear a retainer after getting your smile straightened.
Best of all, porcelain veneers can be used to treat many complaints you may have about your smile all at once. So if your smile is discolored, slightly crooked, and has gaps or chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can repair all these complaints at once.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Many people think because they’re called “porcelain” veneers, dental veneers are fragile. The truth is that “porcelain” just refers to any white ceramic. Modern dental veneers are made of advanced ceramics that are very strong. Lithium disilicate, one of the preferred materials for modern dental veneers, has a tensile strength of about 58,000 pounds per square inch. So although dental veneers are thin, they are very strong, and when bonded to your teeth they are even stronger.
With these advanced materials, the durability of dental veneers is outstanding. About 19 out of 20 veneers last ten years or more, and five out of six last twenty years, based on clinical studies. Think of all the beautiful smiles you can share in that time!
How Porcelain Veneers are Applied
Having porcelain veneers placed on your teeth is a simple, non-invasive procedure, typically completed in two visits. In the first visit, Dr. Firouzian removes a very thin layer of tooth enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. Because porcelain veneers are so thin, the amount of reshaping that must be performed on the tooth is minor. Many patients do not even require anesthetic, but for those that want it, we offer the new, more comfortable Anutra buffered anesthesia. For even thinner veneers, there’s also the option of lumineers.
After the teeth are reshaped, Dr. Firouzian takes molds of your teeth. Your permanent porcelain veneers are created in an offsite lab from these molds. Dr. Firouzian then affixes temporary veneers to your teeth to protect them while the permanent porcelain veneers are being manufactured. When the permanent veneers are ready, typically within a few days, Dr. Firouzian affixes them with a permanent dental adhesive that allows the porcelain veneers to bond to your teeth. Your permanent veneers are custom-made and carefully color matched so they will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
If you would like to find out more about smile makeovers with porcelain veneers and how they can help you, please call (614) 848-5001 or contact Columbus, Ohio area cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian to schedule an appointment or an initial smile makeover consultation.