Dr. Sands is committed to providing every patient with a bright and radiant smile that can completely transform their whole facial aesthetic. People with unattractive teeth are less likely to show their smiles and often appear unhappy or sullen. Porcelain veneers can provide you with a new lease on life and restore your infectious, attractive smile.
Who Can Benefit From Porcelain Veneers?
Years of poor lifestyle choices can leave you with permanently discolored or stained teeth. Enamel erosion can leave your teeth looking dark or brown. Years of drinking coffee, soda, or wine will result in stained teeth. Porcelain veneers help men and women regain whiter and brighter teeth. Even patients with yellowed teeth as a result of smoking can find dramatic improvement in the coloration of their teeth.
Chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken teeth can occur from trauma or because of tooth decay. Once your teeth have been damaged, there are few treatment options for restoring their cosmetic appearance. Additionally, if left untreated, tooth damage can leave the nerve or root of your tooth exposed, causing chronic pain. Porcelain veneers can protect damaged teeth while restoring their attractive, smooth aesthetic.
Crooked or gapped teeth can cause you to feel dissatisfied with your smile. Whether the result of a natural shifting of your teeth or the loss of a tooth, displaced teeth can prevent you from smiling widely. Porcelain veneers can provide you with a straight and even set of teeth, helping you feel more confident in their appearance. Porcelain veneers are particularly beneficial for patients who don’t qualify or don’t wish to have braces.
The Procedure Process
Porcelain veneers are placed in a two-stage process:
- Stage 1
During the first stage, your teeth are prepared and reshaped if necessary. An impression of your teeth is taken in order to create your custom veneers. Temporary veneers are placed to improve your smile between treatments.
- Stage 2
In the second stage, the temporary veneers are removed. Your custom veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Dr. Sands makes final cosmetic adjustments to ensure you are happy with your new smile.
- Stage 1
Porcelain veneers are a worthwhile investment, and you cannot place a price on the perfect smile. The cost of veneers varies between patients depending on individual need. The extent of correct required will affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. Dr. Sands will provide you with a detailed quote during your consultation.
Treating your teeth with care following your procedure is of the highest importance for maintaining your results. To ensure the best, longest-lasting results, you should:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Avoid abrasive toothpaste
- Visit the dentist regularly
- Avoid harmful habits, such as:
- Using your teeth as tools
- Biting your nails
- Other damaging activities
Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers
Will I still experience temperature sensitivity in my teeth after I get veneers?
It is common to experience sensitivity after your veneers are placed. It is important to use toothpaste specific to sensitive teeth, so your gum and nerve structures get adjusted to the new sensations of your veneers. If sensitivity is prolonged after three months, notify your dentist as soon as possible and schedule a meeting.
What is the appropriate age to get porcelain veneers?
Veneers should never be considered until the patient has their mature set of teeth, and never before the age of 16. If you are 18, there may still be cosmetic alternatives to veneers that you can ask your doctor about.
Do porcelain veneers dry out the mouth or cause my mouth to smell?
With the appropriate care, porcelain veneers are not expected to dry the mouth or cause the mouth to smell. If you are experiencing these issues, you may need to improve your hygienic habits or speak with your doctor. Veneers are designed to be clean, well-moisturized, and natural-feeling additions to your mouth.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Since the structure of your teeth is altered to place veneers, the procedure is considered permanent. Most patients achieve results that last up to 15 years and can keep them for much longer with maintenance, proper dental hygiene, and routine dental visits.
Will I have tooth sensitivity following the placement of my veneers?
Some enamel is removed during the placement process. This may result in some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. However, in most patients, this only lasts a few days.
How can I preserve my porcelain veneers if I grind my teeth?
Some people need veneers to correct damage to their teeth caused by grinding. Getting a custom-fitted mouthguard will help protect your teeth from the harmful effects of teeth grinding.
What food can I eat immediately following my treatment?
Your teeth will be sensitive directly following your veneer placement. You should stick to a soft food diet for several days as your teeth adjust and bond to the veneers. Still, it is important to get the right amount of nutrients to help your gums adjust. Ask your doctor for recommendations.