What are Porcelain Veneers?
The porcelain veneers that we provide our patients at Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee, are extremely thin shells fabricated from a versatile ceramic material that are bonded directly onto the surface of the teeth. Over the years, veneers have become one of our most requested dental restorations. Porcelain veneers offer a very basic, but highly effective, option for improving your smile instantly. Veneers also have a wide range of uses, making them ideal for addressing numerous dental concerns.
Porcelain veneers can be used to effectively close gaps in your teeth, cover up superficial damage to the tooth surface such as staining or darkening that is not easily repaired using other forms of dental restorations and can be effective in repairing misshapen, crooked, and misaligned teeth.
When compared to other dental restorations, veneers can be virtually undetectable, making them ideal for restorations done on the front of the mouth where the teeth are most visible. The results are very natural looking. Porcelain has the unique quality of being highly resistant to staining, and reflects light the same way that natural tooth enamel does. Plus, it is very strong and durable.
What is the process of receiving Porcelain Veneers?
To determine if porcelain veneers are right for our patients at Hampton Dental Associates, we start with a series of tests and physical assessments of the patient’s teeth.
Next, the patient is put under local anesthesia so work can begin on the affected tooth (teeth) to prepare it for the veneer. The dentist shaves off about a half millimeter of the patient’s tooth enamel to create room for the thickness of the veneer. This is necessary to maintain the original thickness of the tooth once the veneer is attached. After paring off the enamel, an impression of the patient’s teeth is taken and sent to our dental laboratory where the actual dental veneers are fabricated. While waiting for the final dental veneers to be created, the patient is fitted with temporary veneers.
Once the fabrication of the porcelain veneers is complete, the patient returns to our office. The dentist then checks the fit of the veneer and makes sure its color is a match to the other teeth. If everything is in order, the dentist prepares the tooth where the dental veneer will be attached. The surface of the recipient tooth is roughened with a specially formulated solution to make the porcelain veneer adhere better to the tooth. A special adhesive is then applied onto the roughened surface of the tooth and the porcelain veneer is attached. The dentist will then use an intraoral ultraviolet light to cure the adhesive and permanently attach the veneer.
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What else is there to know about Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, based on their specific tooth size and tooth color. Getting these details correct make porcelain veneers virtually undetectable, blending perfectly with the rest of the patient’s teeth. Porcelain veneers are even more stain resistant to coffee and tea than your natural teeth because of the high-quality material used in their fabrication. Once in place, porcelain veneers require the same care you give your natural teeth, including regular dental check-ups.
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