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An Overview of Porcelain Veneers - Description, Benefits and Procedures Involved
Variously referred to as dental veneers, facings, or porcelain laminates, porcelain veneers are custom-made, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover the front surfaces of teeth in order to improve appearance. They are bonded to the front of the teeth thus changing their size, shape, color, and length.
For those unhappy with the appearance of their smiles due to conspicuous or unsightly cracks, discoloration, gaps between the teeth, or chips, you can take action to correct the foregoing minor flaws. These cosmetic dental prosthetics can be used to create vibrant, straight, and beautiful smiles, and best of all, the placement procedure is minimally invasive so there is little to no risk associated with the treatment. In fact, for many people, veneers are all that is necessary to help them achieve their cosmetic goals- especially where your gum tissue and teeth are healthy but there are minor imperfections that you would like addressed.
In many instances, an otherwise beautiful smile can be marred by purely cosmetic imperfections. In such cases, the ideal solution would be to correct these aesthetic flaws with little to no impact on the health of the gum tissue and teeth. Porcelain veneers thus provide such a solution with the teeth slightly modified to receive the dental prosthetics, whilst the overall foundation and structure of the teeth is left unchanged. Such qualities make these veneers not only a practical solution, but an attractive alternative to treatments e.g. dental crowns and orthodontics.
The benefits derived from correcting such flaws are tremendous. For starters, these veneers can be used to create healthy, beautiful, and natural looking smiles. However, it goes much deeper than that with improved confidence, self-esteem, and a greater sense of self all being byproducts of a gorgeous smile. In addition, those who have had porcelain veneers fitted find that they are more inclined to smile, are more social, and are generally in better spirits- with their smiles leaving memorable impressions on others. If you wish to make a long lasting, positive improvement in your life, then veneers are the way to go.
The process of placing porcelain veneers over teeth is generally accomplished in 4 easy steps and typically over two separate dental appointments. It entails:
1. Impression taking
To begin the process, the teeth are first modified so that they can accommodate the veneers. This is achieved by removing a thin enamel layer from the front surfaces of the teeth being treated so as to create a suitable bonding surface and the necessary space for the veneer. Once this is complete, an impression of the teeth is taken which is what is used to design and fabricate the veneers.
2. Having temporary restorations
With the impression having been taken, temporary veneers are then bonded to the teeth to act as placeholders. These help to maintain the appearance of your smile and protect the teeth as the permanent veneers are being fabricated.
3. Design and fabrication
Permanent veneers are designed and fabricated in a dental laboratory by professional ceramists. And while the process may last several weeks, the results are nothing short of superb since porcelain, like tooth enamel, is slightly translucent which will make your veneers appear completely natural.
Once the permanent restorations are ready, the temporary veneers are removed and replaced with the permanent set. After the fit is perfected and finalized, the porcelain veneers will be secured to the teeth using a dental bonding agent. This resin should then be hardened using a special dental lamp to allow for a quick set.
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