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Dental Veneers are tooth-colored, wafer-thin, custom-made shells that are mainly used for beautification in case of a chipped, stained, fractured, or discolored tooth. They also offer strength and resilience to weak and damaged teeth. They are positioned on the front surface of a tooth to change their size, shape, color, or length.
Porcelain Veneers: These types of veneers are more widely used. They tend to resist stains more appropriately and help to mimic the characteristics of the original tooth. They last for a time period of almost 10 to 20 years.
The usage of veneers is not only limited to beautification but rather, they are a solution for a number of oral issues. Some of them are as follows:
Initially, a thin layer of enamel from the frontal face of the tooth is removed to accommodate the veneer. Next, an impression of the tooth is made, which caters to the color, size, and shape of the original one. The mold is then sent to the lab to custom fabricate the porcelain veneers. During the next visit, the veneer is placed on the teeth to check for a perfect fit. Once the changes in the structure of the veneer are made, it will be permanently bonded to the tooth.
Veneers last for 10 to 20 years (porcelain) and 7 to 8 years (composition resin), provided you take good care of them. Following a few precautionary measures will help get the longest lifespan out of them.
Comprised of very thin pieces of ceramic, porcelain veneers are essentially molded shells that are custom-designed to precisely fit your teeth. Once they have been carefully crafted, the veneers are placed on top of your natural teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers can provide a number of benefits.
Do porcelain veneers hurt?
Depending on the type of porcelain veneers utilized to achieve your goals, there may be a small amount of tooth reshaping or reduction required. In this instance, we will provide a numbing agent to minimize pain, and most patients report little discomfort. Some veneers, including Lumineers®, Dura-Thin® Prepless Veneers, and composite veneers, typically require little to no drilling or reduction, making the procedure quicker and more pleasant.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
There are several factors that influence how long dental veneers will last, including the type of veneer used, your oral hygiene habits, and various environmental influences. We use the highest-quality materials known for their durability. In many cases, porcelain veneers can last as long as 10 years or more.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure time will also depend on several considerations, including which type of dental veneers you choose. Some porcelain veneers will require two visits. The first one establishes the treatment plan and will require taking a mold of your teeth. The second places the dental veneers. Innovative veneer techniques, like Dura-Thin® Prepless Veneers, can be designed and placed in the same appointment.
What's the difference between porcelain veneers and crowns?
While a porcelain veneer covers only the front surface of a tooth to change its appearance, a porcelain crown covers the entire tooth to provide both structural reinforcement and cosmetic improvement. Your dentist can tell you whether a veneer or a crown is best suited for your dental needs and cosmetic goals.