At The Dentist at Framingham, we have many cosmetic dentistry options to make your teeth bright and sparkling. Porcelain veneers are the highest-quality type of dental veneer, perfectly simulating the look of natural enamel. Explore porcelain veneers as a way to enhance your smile and make your teeth look their best.
What are porcelain veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell bonded directly to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can be manufactured from porcelain or resin composite materials. Though porcelain is more expensive, it is extremely durable and stain-resistant, with a bright sheen that mimics the way that natural teeth reflect light. There is no better option to simulate the appearance of healthy, white enamel.
Veneers are a great way to repair a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including teeth that are worn down, chipped, or broken, teeth that are uneven or misaligned, and filling the gaps between teeth. They can also be used simply as a way to brighten teeth and add sparkle to your smile.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
In general, veneers last between seven and fifteen years. As the highest-quality option, porcelain veneers land on the high end of this scale. You can add to the longevity of your veneers by maintaining daily oral hygiene. Avoid using your teeth as tools to open or cut objects, as these harsh movements may scratch or chip your veneers. If your veneer is damaged, visit your dentist immediately to have it repaired.
How are porcelain veneers attached?
The process takes three steps:
- Diagnosis and planning: First, you will discuss the desired results with your dentist and determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. If you decide to go forward, X-rays and impressions of your teeth are taken.
- Preparation: Your dentist removes about half a millimeter of enamel from the teeth receiving veneers. This step is irreversible, so be sure that you are certain about the procedure. The enamel is removed to allow space for the veneer to bond with your teeth. A mold of your teeth is constructed and sent to the dental laboratory that manufactures your veneers. The manufacturing process takes from two to four weeks.
- Bonding: Your dentist bonds the veneers to your teeth, carefully shaping and trimming the veneer to correspond to the tooth’s shape. You may be asked to return for follow-up visits to ensure that the veneer is placed properly and that your teeth and gums are responding well to treatment.
Porcelain veneers offer the highest-quality solution to restoring your teeth’s appearance. Call us today to explore this incredible technology and let us give you beautiful, sparkling teeth.