Porcelain Veneers, also known as Ceramic Veneers or Laminates
A porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin porcelain shell that covers the front surface of the tooth and sometimes extend beyond the edge of the tooth ; it is custom made and mainly used to enhance the smile; with porcelain veneer applications our dentists can change the shape color and form of your smile to make it as attractive as could be
Porcelain veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and will someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Porcelain Veneers are used for:
Enhance the smile
Severely discolored or stained teeth
Cover small lateral incisors to give a more uniform smile
Unwanted or uneven spaces, in other words to close spaces between teeth sometimes even after orthodontic treatment
Worn or chipped teeth
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
Maintaining Your New Porcelain Veneers
In most ways, caring for porcelain laminates or Porcelain veneers is very similar to caring for normal teeth, but there are certain special considerations that you’ll need to take into account when maintaining your porcelain veneers. With proper care and regular visits to the dentists at Brite Clean Smiles your veneers should maintain their color and texture for years to come, providing you with a beautiful smile. However, if mistreated or not properly cared for at home and by a dentist, your veneers may become stained, cracked, or may come off entirely. Follow the recommendations below to help maintain the appearance and longevity of your porcelain veneers.
Brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis is very important to the health and appearance of your porcelain veneers. One of our Costa Mesa dentists at Brite Clean Smiles can provide you with specific recommendations for what type of toothpaste to use with your veneers. There are toothpastes that are made specifically for porcelain veneers that help maintain a bright white color while fighting plaque and tartar buildup. These toothpastes are typically less abrasive than other brands of toothpaste to help maintain the smooth appearance of your porcelain veneers.
Giving your porcelain veneers or laminates the same level of attention that you would give ordinary teeth is extremely important to your overall oral hygiene and health. Calculus can develop on veneers as easy as it can on regular teeth, and you can still develop gum disease or periodontal disease with veneers. If you do not care for your veneers properly, any number of dental problems can develop. One such problem may be the recession of your gum line, which may cause the gray colored cement holding your veneers in place to be exposed. This is not only detrimental to your oral health, but can be rather unattractive as well.
Care from Your Dentist
The Newport Beach dentists at Brite Clean Smiles can help you maintain the appearance and longevity of your porcelain veneers with specialized teeth cleaning services. A typical teeth cleaning at a dentist’s office would be too abrasive for people with veneers. This is because the glaze that covers your veneers can be scratched or become rough or porous if cleaned with abrasive instruments or strong fluoride treatments. This can lead to discoloration and an unnatural texture.
The cosmetic dentists at Brite Clean Smiles have the experience and tools to properly clean porcelain veneers without damaging the surface or causing discoloration. In fact, a proper cleaning by a Brite Clean Smiles professional can actually remove discoloration from veneers more effectively than any other type of treatment. Veneers cannot be whitened using typical teeth whitening processes, and veneer toothpastes can only do so much to improve the shade of your teeth. The best way to make your veneers shine as brightly as they can is through a professional cleaning and polishing by a trained dental hygienist.
Learn more about how Brite Clean Smiles can help you maintain your veneers by calling 949-777-1005 today.