What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can correct damage that is not serious enough to require the use of crowns, and minor misalignments that can be dealt with without the need of braces. Porcelain veneers cost less than these treatments, because they are not full restorations and are not time-intensive. Your Platte City dentist needs to use less material, and can also install porcelain veneers in less time, thereby reducing the expense.
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that are made from a tooth-like material and cover only the front of your teeth. Most of the time, they can be installed with little or no tooth preparation, and they can correct minor cracks, chipping, crowding, gapping or discoloration.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Installed?
To install your porcelain veneers, your dentist will scrape off a small amount of your tooth enamel. This is to ensure that the veneers will adhere properly. Then, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth and uses those impressions to create your porcelain veneers. Once they are made, they are installed using a special cement. Before they are placed, you will have an opportunity to view them to make sure that the color is right.
What Are the Benefits?
First and foremost, your porcelain veneers will not decay. They also resist staining. It’s worth mentioning, though, that if your teeth are stained and you have been considering a whitening treatment, you should have it done before your veneers are installed. They will not respond to teeth whitening treatments.
If your teeth appear too short (in other words, you have a “gummy” smile) porcelain veneers can lengthen your teeth. Staining and discoloration that is so severe it will not respond to teeth whitening treatments can also be corrected using porcelain veneers.
Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are very easy to take care of. As long as you continue to brush and floss properly, your porcelain veneers will last a long time.
Would you like to know more about porcelain veneers? Call us at Platte Valley Dental Care in Platte City, Missouri. You can reach us at 816-858-2027. We are waiting to help you get your perfect smile.