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Everything You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers

There are many uses for porcelain veneers. Sometimes, they are quicker, less painful, and probably much less expensive than a teeth whitening procedure.

Other times, they are a perfect way to hide imperfections like a mismatched color filling in the front teeth.

They also are a great way to mask chips and massive gaps in the front teeth. Compared to getting crowns, veneers are less invasive.

If you’re considering getting porcelain veneers, but you are not quite certain about whether to get them or not, here’s a quick porcelain veneers guide:

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are basically teeth cover-ups, custom-fitted to your teeth.

They are thin shells of special materials bonded to your teeth using special dental cement. Veneers are made of either of these materials:

a) Composite resin material
b) Porcelain

How Are Veneers Placed?

Before the doctor decides that you are a good candidate for dental veneers, he/she checks mainly two things:

1) Your dental problem that needs veneers, and
2) The overall condition of your teeth,

If you have any of the following conditions or in any of these situations, veneers may not be good for you:

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease.

Teeth weakened by decay and gum disease could make you ineligible for veneers.

If your gum problems and tooth decay are mild and curable, the dentist will provide treatment for these problems before proceeding with the veneer procedure.

In other cases where there is not much enamel left in the teeth or much of the teeth’s structure is compromised by too many fillers, veneers are definitely out of the question.

Severely Crooked or Misaligned Teeth.

Unless the tooth position is corrected, it is virtually impossible to attach the ceramic or porcelain veneers to the teeth.

Habitual Clenching and Grinding.

People who have a problem with grinding and/or clenching their teeth need to have this problem fixed or relieved (with mouth guards, like Irresistible Smiles’ Battleguard) before veneers are placed. Otherwise, the clenching may cause cracks and damage to the veneers.

When these problems are corrected or solved and are completely out of the way, the veneer placement process may commence.

Composite resin veneers can be created and attached all in a single session, but porcelain veneers may need about two or three sessions to be completed.

The dentist will remove about a one-half of a millimeter from the tooth by buffing, local anesthesia will also be administered.

With composite veneers, the resin will be fitted right after buffing. With the ceramic (porcelain) kind, the dentist will have to make a mold from the teeth.

This mold will then be sent to the laboratory for fitting. This usually takes one to two days before the veneers get back to the dentist’s clinic.

At Irresistible Smiles, our in-house laboratory ensures that the whole process is completed more quickly.

It should not take more than two visits to complete; in some cases, it may even be sooner than that.

After fitting, shade matching will have to be done to make sure that the veneer does not look too artificial.

It is essential to achieve the right shade of composite or porcelain veneer as it is irreversible.

When the right shade is achieved, the teeth are chemically treated to prepare them for bonding. The right bonding cement shade will be picked and then the veneers are attached.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Porcelain and composite veneers vary in cost. To learn more about how much they cost, and for more information about veneers and other options, visit Irresistible Smiles in Chula Vista and San Diego today! Book a consultation here.