Porcelain veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry in which a layer or shell of tooth-colored porcelain is placed over the surfaces of the teeth. This is a great technique for correcting worn out enamel, trauma to the teeth, or problems with spacing. While veneers tend to fall into the cosmetic dentistry category because they create a bright smile, they are also crucial for protecting the surfaces of damaged teeth, and they can eliminate the need for pursuing more extensive and expensive treatments. Other benefits of porcelain veneers include stain-resistance, the ability to cover up virtually any imperfection, and the fact that this restoration appears extremely natural-looking.
Are you a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Are you interested in using porcelain veneers to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence? There are a variety of reasons that you may want to pursue veneers:
|Misshapen and crooked teeth
|Teeth that are stained or severely discolored
|Teeth that appear too large or small for your smile
|Uneven spaces or gaps
|Teeth that have been chipped or worn down
The only way that you will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers is to schedule an appointment with one of our highly-qualified dentists by calling us at (425) 558-9998. After evaluating your medical history, the current health of your teeth, and the condition of your enamel, we will help you to make an informed decision about whether or not this treatment is right for you.
What happens during the porcelain veneer procedure?
The process of getting porcelain veneers can be completed in as little as two visits. First you will go through the exam and diagnostic phase in order to identify any potential oral health concerns that might need to be addressed before your veneers can be placed. We will help you to choose the best color for your veneers using a special shade chart, and before and after imaging can show you your expected results. Impressions will also be taken of your mouth so that we can send in your specifications to a dental lab to create your veneers.
Once your veneers have been received, you will come in for another appointment to have them put into place. Your teeth will be lightly buffed to make room for the veneers, and they will then be thoroughly cleaned using a special liquid in order to achieve a durable bond. Next, bonding cement will be placed onto the tooth so that the veneer can be slipped on. A specialized light will set and harden the bond.
How should you care for your veneers?
Porcelain veneers have been made to be extremely durable, and they can last for many years before they need to be replaced. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to extend the life of your veneers. The first step in this process is to schedule regular exams and cleanings with us, as this will maintain the health of your mouth and smile. You will also want to take precautions in order to prevent damage to your veneers. Avoid chewing or biting on hard objects, and never use your teeth like a tool to open packages. Your dentist might also advise you to avoid food products that could damage the porcelain, as if a fracture or chip occurs, they won’t be repairable. We will need to replace the restoration entirely, so it is best to take a proactive approach to avoiding a problem.
Are you interested in porcelain veneers as a way to improve your smile? Contact Dr. Tigran at our office today at (425) 558-9998 to set up your consultation. We can discuss the dentistry option that will work best for your unique dental needs.