Dentists use porcelain veneers to eliminate imperfections in smiles, such as gaps, stains, chips, or misshapen teeth. But they can also provide a beautiful new smile after tooth damage or wear as a result of a bite disorder.
They are made from ultra thin, high quality ceramic materials and permanently bonded to the tooth’s surface. This creates a natural look patients can be proud of for years to come.
For more than 20 years, our dentist in Annapolis, MD have been using porcelain veneers to improve the beauty and health of patients’ smiles.
What are porcelain veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a very thin shell that covers the front and sides of a tooth. This shell is bonded into place and will cover up any cosmetic blemish. Porcelain is very similar in appearance to a real tooth so the veneers will look natural.
If shaped and installed correctly, they should feel completely natural in your mouth. You won’t even notice them when you are talking or eating. A dental veneer is a permanent, irreversible dental restoration that is highly stain resistant. They eliminate the worry of your teeth turning yellow over time.
The high quality ceramic used for porcelain veneers is durable and more stain resistant than natural tooth enamel. We can color match them to blend in with your existing teeth and overall appearance.
Dr. Sheen uses porcelain veneers to correct and address many dental issues, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- The appearance of misaligned or crooked teeth
- The shape or length of teeth
- Stained, discolored, or yellow teeth
- Aging teeth that have worn down
About the Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Proper planning is essential to understanding each patient’s aesthetic goals. This helps to determine what type and style of porcelain veneer you will need.
After a thorough smile examination, Dr. Sheen will discuss your expectations to ensure the procedure results in the comfortable, natural smile you expected.
During your first visit, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth that requires a veneer. After this process is complete, Dr. Sheen will take an impression of your smile. A dental lab will use these to create the porcelain veneers.
He will then prepare your teeth for temporary fittings to wear while your permanent restorations are being created.
Your new porcelain veneers will be ready to replace the temporaries in approximately 2-3 weeks. Dr. Sheen will try the dental veneers on for fit and color and make any minor adjustments.
Dr. Sheen will permanently bond these to your teeth and then polish them to a natural luster. We will give you specific care instructions to ensure that your new veneers are cared for and can support long term dental health.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Are porcelain veneers better than bonding?
Depending on your issue, getting a porcelain veneer might be better than getting tooth bonding. Veneers are much more permanent than dental bonding. They offer sturdy protection and will not chip or crack as easily as temporary tooth bonding.
Does getting a porcelain veneer hurt?
No. Getting a porcelain veneer does not hurt your teeth. Your dentist will ensure that you are completely comfortable before the procedure begins. We will numb your mouth with local anesthesia to prevent discomfort during the procedure as well.
How long does a porcelain veneer last?
A porcelain veneer will last as long as you keep your mouth healthy, brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and use mouthwash. Your dentist will also help keep your veneer in great condition during routine dental visits. There is no special care you need to do to keep your veneer in top condition.
Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a natural, permanent way to restore form and function to your smile. With proper care and maintenance, they will last for many years.
If you think your smile could benefit from porcelain veneers, contact the Annapolis dental office of Dr. Sheen today to schedule a preliminary consultation. Call (443) 482-5202 or request a consultation online.