Porcelain Veneers An Overview
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution to a range of dental concerns. Similar to a contact lens, dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that attach to the front surface and sides of the affected tooth. They cover the front and sides completely, making them an ideal solution for various cosmetic concerns.
Dr. Dall’Olmo conservatively uses dental veneers to enhance a smile with a stable oral foundation.
What Porcelain Veneers Treat
Porcelain veneers can treat a wide variety of cosmetic problems. Traditionally, professional teeth whitening is the solution to treat discolored teeth. But not all staining responds to traditional whitening techniques. Deeper staining from medication or discoloration from trauma can’t be handled with teeth whitening. Porcelain veneers can be any shade of white and completely cover the front and sides of the discolored tooth.
Cosmetic chips and cracks are common as we age. The years and lifestyle habits take their toll on our teeth. Veneers can give a more youthful look to your smile. They cover small cracks and chips and make your smile brighter as well.
Crooked teeth and gaps between teeth are big issues that many of us face. You may not need orthodontic intervention if these don’t impact your overall oral health. Porcelain veneers are able to give you back the appearance of a smooth, even smile. Each one is individually crafted. We can make the veneers look natural while still masking those imperfections.
Porcelain Veneers Benefits
Porcelain veneers are popular because they can treat almost any cosmetic concern. We color-match them to any shade of white that you desire so that they match your smile perfectly. You can make your smile as bright as you want.
If you have multiple cosmetic concerns with your teeth, porcelain veneers can treat all of them simultaneously. We shape the veneers so that they’re unique to what fits your smile, covering small gaps and making your smile straight and even. If there are any chips or cracks, veneers give you back the appearance of a full, complete tooth.
Porcelain Veneers What to Expect
Teeth that are to be treated using dental veneers will first be prepared by removing a substantial amount of tooth enamel. Then, molds will be taken from the teeth and sent to a dental lab to create the dental veneers. Veneers can be custom-shaped and color-matched to match the natural, beautiful smile. The size and shape are crafted to look natural in your mouth.
Once fabricated, we permanently bond veneers to the prepared teeth. Dental veneers are designed to be a permanent restoration and can not be reversed due to the removal of tooth enamel. You’ll always have some sort of restoration on the teeth we prepare for veneers.
Dental veneers can cosmetically repair the aesthetics of the smile. Since this is a cosmetic dental procedure, it is important to ensure that teeth are healthy and functional before treatment. Dental veneers are one of the dental services that Dr. Dall’Olmo offers his patients in Santa Monica, California.
Taking Care of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can last a long time, but you must take care of them properly. The easiest place to start is by practicing good oral hygiene. Ensure that you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You can’t get cavities in your porcelain veneers, but you can still get them in the natural teeth under the veneers. The veneers rely on healthy tooth structure. If that’s compromised, you’re at risk of the veneers failing and falling off.
Even though veneers are strong, they can still break if you put too much pressure on them. Try to avoid biting down directly on the veneers when you’re eating hard and crunchy foods. Don’t use your teeth as tools, either. You should never try to open a package or bite down your fingernails with your veneers.
If you grind your teeth, talk to our office about a custom-made mouthguard to wear when you’re sleeping. Grinding is one of the worst things for veneers. It’s a lot of pressure put on them, making them more at risk of breaking or popping off. A mouthguard won’t stop the grinding from happening, but it protects your veneers and natural teeth.
Lastly, visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. We’ll ensure that you’re taking care of the veneers properly and that they’re holding up well. If we see any issues, we can catch them early on and take care of them quickly.