Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the anterior surface of teeth. The bonding process involves little or no anesthesia and could well be the most popular option for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veeners
The procedure used to bond porcelain veneers to teeth has more than a few advantages over other tooth restoration techniques. Porcelain is a very resilient substance with a shade, semi-transparency and surface that is analogous to dental enamel. It is highly impervious to deterioration and resists discoloration while retaining a natural look.
Porcelain veneers can effectively:
• Close gaps between teeth
• Elongate and reshape teeth
• Repair chipped, damaged, or crooked teeth
• Conceal stains and yellowing.
Once your teeth have been prepared and prior to the application of your permanent veneers, appearance should be fairly normal. Some sensitivity may be experienced mostly when drinking cold beverages. Drinking through a straw can prevent feeling discomfort.
During this time, you need to brush on a regular basis, as your teeth will be more vulnerable to discoloration. Regular flossing is vital, too, since inflamed or bleeding gums could interfere with the bonding of the permanent porcelain veneers.
Cost of Porcelain Veneers
After your porcelain veneers are permanently placed, you will feel as if they are a natural part of your teeth. Biting, chewing, speaking and smiling with them will feel no different than the time before you had them. However, just like regular teeth, veneers can be damaged if you do not care for them. To prevent your veneers from chipping, refrain from biting down into very hard foods. Slice apples, pears, and other similar fruits and vegetables before you eat them. Ditch habits such as chewing on fingernails, pencils, or paperclips and gritting or grinding your teeth.