Porcelain Veneers in Montgomery County, PA
Have you always wanted the confidence that comes with a perfect smile? Porcelain veneers cover up unsightly teeth problems, creating a natural-looking smile you can be proud of! Porcelain veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain made to look like natural teeth, provide strength and durability to tooth enamel. They are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to alter its shape, size or color in order to improve its appearance, reinforce its strength or both. If you are considering having veneers placed on one or more of your teeth, rest assured that you will have lifelike teeth that retain their color, maintain their strength over time and last for years.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
A good candidate for porcelain veneers is someone who has:
- Good dental health
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth with visible chips or cracks
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth with eroded enamel
The veneer placement process is a painless process that usually takes two office visits, each lasting between one and two hours, to accomplish. First, a small amount of enamel will be removed from the surface of the tooth or teeth that will be treated. An impression will then be taken of the teeth. This will allow the veneers to be created to match the natural shape and size of your natural teeth. Dr. Hunter will also match the color of your teeth at this time. He will then send the impression to the dental laboratory along with the other information needed to construct veneers specific for your teeth. This process typically takes one to two weeks.
On your second visit, when your veneers have been made, Dr. Hunter will temporarily place them on your teeth to check for proper fit and color. At this time, he may trim them as needed in order to achieve the proper size. If there are no further complications, the teeth will then be cleaned, polished and etched in order to roughen the teeth’s surface so that the veneers will properly bond to them. The dentist will use a strong adhesive cement to bond the veneer to the tooth and then apply a special light that activates the chemicals in that adhesive in order to cure it. Once this is accomplished and the veneer is strongly bonded to the teeth, any remaining adhesive will be removed and the doctor will test your bite to make sure that the veneer is properly placed.
Getting Used to Your Veneers
After your veneers are placed, your bite may feel strange at first, since the size and shape of the veneers may slightly alter how your teeth fit when you close your jaw. You will get used to this over time. You may also experience some tooth sensitivity to cold for the first week or so.
Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneers
To maintain the look and durability of your veneers, keep up with good oral hygiene habits. Using a non-abrasive toothpaste on your veneers is suggested. Try to avoid foods and beverages that will stain the veneers. And return to the dentist for regular visits to have your veneers polished professionally.