What are porcelain veneers?
Looking to have that perfect A-List celebrity smile? Porcelain Veneers will most likely do the trick. A porcelain veneer is small thin shelled layer of porcelain (<05mm), that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth. Porcelain Veneers can give you a brighter, whiter attractive smile and help restore confidence. Porcelain Veneers can be used to correct numerous dental problems such as teeth spacing, chips in your teeth, stained teeth, and crooked or worn out teeth. A Porcelain Veneer placed on top of a discolored or crooked tooth can let you easily achieve a beautiful smile.
Would you consider buying a new car without first taking it out for a test drive? The beauty of Dr. Langer’s new procedure is that you can test drive your new smile. After just two appointments, you can preview your new teeth—without needles or drilling! Combined with the artistry of the Jason Kim Dental Labs, you’ll be able to see what your new set of porcelain veneers or crowns will look like. If you like what you see and want to go ahead with treatment, we can duplicate your “test drive smile” with precision and confidence.
Will They Look Like My Normal Teeth?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like your natural teeth, making them virtually undetectable. Porcelain veneers are one of the best dental restorative options when it comes to their similarity in appearance of your natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are also resilient to future staining due to coffee, tea, or even cigarettes. Porcelain veneers are so thin that when light shines through them it is a natural blend for your teeth making them indistinguishable.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
Like anything else, with proper care, porcelain veneers are made to be very strong and durable. Dr. Langer will ensure that your veneers are manufactured from the highest quality of porcelain, fitted with exact precision and bonded with the most advanced adhesive materials available on the dental market. There are many ceramic materials to choose from for your porcelain veneers and every case and each individual has their own needs. “No two smiles are the same”.
Crowns can be made from a vast array of materials today, each with their own benefits. Depending on your expenses the doctor will most likely recommend what materials should be used for your crowns but if you are looking for a more natural look that could be color matched to your teeth, your best option would be an all porcelain or ceramic crown. Metal crowns preserve more of the tooth structure and withstand biting and chewing forces well. Most high quality made crowns have a longer life but it all depends on good proper oral hygiene as the crown will last as long as your teeth do. The cost of getting a crown will vary depending on the materials used, the doctor implementing the crown and the number of crowns needed for your teeth.
What is the Procedure like for Porcelain Veneers?
The process of being treated for Dental Veneers usually is done in 2 appointments. This initial appointment provides an opportunity for you to take an active role in designing an improved smile. The first visit consists of Dr. Langer first examining your teeth via consultation where he will explain the procedure to you in its entirety. Although the porcelain veneers are very thin, the teeth receiving them are lightly buffed to compensate for the added thickness of the veneers. The tooth is typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. This portion of the procedure may be performed with little or no local anesthesia. Next, a preliminary impression (molds of your teeth) will be taken, along with photographs and sent to the lab for creation of the custom-made veneer. Dr. Langer will use these models to determine how the “final product” will look, before touching any of your teeth. A “preview” of your new smile will be tried-in, so you will actually see how your new smile will look. A temporary veneer can be placed if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The veneer is usually ready one to two weeks later.
During your second appointment, Dr. Langer will initially hold the veneers in place on your teeth with water or glycerin to determine that they are perfect in fit and color and make sure no additional tooth trimming is needed to fit the veneer precisely over the tooth. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the tooth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and the veneer and a special light is used to quickly harden the cement. You can expect this visit to take between one and two hours. In the last stages of veneer placement, your teeth will be cleaned, roughened with a special gel to promote a good surface for the veneer, and finally the veneers will be bonded into place and cured with a special lighting tool used to help the adhere the veneers to your teeth.
How to care for your new Porcelain Veneers:
Depending on how well you maintain good oral hygiene, your porcelain veneers can last up to ten years or more without having to replace them. If you have composite veneers they may not last as long, and may need periodic “touch ups” to keep them looking new. Proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, while returning for a follow-up appointment one to two weeks later is usually the norm. Treat your veneers as you would you natural teeth. Your veneers will not get damaged by brushing and flossing, although using non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. Careful home dental care will result in a long-lasting success of your new veneers. After placement of your veneer, you may experience some extra sensitivity to cold or hot items. This is caused by the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. And the extra sensitivity is a very common effect that disappears within a week or two. If sensitivity continues beyond two weeks, please call Dr. Langer. If you clench your teeth and have been diagnosed with bruxism, please inform us. Your dentist may recommend wearing a soft night guard to minimize the amount of stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
Our hope is to achieve your goal by improving your smile and confidence. With proper care and dental visits, your new veneers will help you smile proudly.