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What are porcelain veneers?Porcelain veneers are super thin sheets of porcelain that are placed on your teeth to cover imperfections in your smile. They are great at hiding all sorts of problems, such as chips, cracks, and discoloration. Teeth that have been worn down over time are also good candidates for dental veneers.
The ProcedureVeneers take a few appointments to be placed. First, you need to have your teeth examined. Then a small bit of your teeth will be shaved off to make room for the veneers. Once the tooth has been prepared, a mold is made that will be used to create the veneers. We send the mold to our dental lab who crafts the veneers.
While you are waiting for the veneers to be made, we will place temporary veneers on your teeth. When we receive your veneers from the lab, it will be time to come back in to see us. We will take the temporary veneers off and place the permanent veneers on your teeth. Any imperfections or uneven spots will be buffed, and your veneers will then be cemented in place.
Caring for Porcelain VeneersYour veneers should last you anywhere from 5–15 years, depending on how careful you are with them. The more protective you can be of them, the longer they are going to last. Think of veneers as a piece of glass. If you have thick glass, it can withstand a lot of abuse. However, the thinner the sheet of glass, the less damage it can take before it breaks. The same goes with your veneers.
You need to brush them and floss, same as you would with your natural teeth. Plus, your doctor at Excellent Dental Specialists is going to check on them each time you come in to see us. Porcelain veneers can still stain and chip the same way your natural teeth do, so be careful when wearing your veneers. Avoid drinking coffee and wine on a regular basis, and don't eat a lot of staining foods like curry and beets, without making sure to brush afterward. These simple choices can lead to increased longevity for your veneers.
We can help you get dental veneers to cover up minor imperfections. Give us a call at (210) 598-8933 and let us set up a time for you talk about it. If you are a good candidate for veneers, we can set up a time for you to get the whole process started!