A Patient's Guide to Porcelain Dental Veneers
Thanks to advancements in tooth restoration technology, dental porcelain
can be sculpted to closely replicate the look and feel of natural tooth
enamel, while providing the strength and resilience of natural tooth enamel.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for individuals looking to make slight position alterations,
or those who wish to change the shape, size, and/or color of their teeth.
And while porcelain dental veneers are technically considered a cosmetic
treatment, they can also make it easier and more comfortable to chew food.
If you are considering veneers, this guide will tell you what you need to know.
Bonding Veneers to Teeth
The bond is the most important aspect of a veneer. To apply a veneer,
your dentist will remove a very small amount of the original tooth, usually
less than a millimeter. This not only creates room for the veneer to fit
within the mouth, but also ensures accurate tooth function and placement.
Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer
and hardened using a special curing light.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
The good news about porcelain veneers is that they are quite simple to
maintain—you simply treat them as you would your original teeth,
with routine brushing, flossing, and visits to your St. Louis dentist.
Your dentist may recommend non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste to keep your
porcelain veneers looking like new. And if you have a habit of grinding
or clenching your teeth at night, your dentist may fit you with a nighttime
bite guard to
avoid damaging your veneers.
Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers
There are alternatives to porcelain veneers, so it helps to know the pros
and cons before you have them applied. One major benefit of porcelain
veneers is that they look and feel identical to natural teeth. Custom-made
veneers also resist coffee and tea stains and cigarette smoke. On the
downside, a veneer is not considered a reversible treatment, as a portion
of the original tooth must be reduced prior to application. Porcelain
veneers are also brittle and should not be used to chew on ice, bite fingernails,
or open bottles with.