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Patient with porcelain dental veneersPorcelain dental veneers improve the natural look and feel of teeth. They restore beautiful smiles that have been missing for too long. This cosmetic dental product improves the quality of life for the patients who have them by improving the way they feel about themselves.

What is a porcelain dental veneer?

A porcelain veneer is a thin piece of ceramic material the covers natural teeth. They are custom made to fit onto teeth that are chipped, discolored, or misaligned. They are permanently bonded to the teeth. Veneers aren’t for everyone, however. Some patients may require more extensive dental treatments such as dental implants, dentures, or bridges.

What is the process for porcelain veneers?

Dental veneer placement typically requires 2-3 visits to the dentist. At the first consultation, your dentist will explain the entire procedure to you. X-rays and photos will be taken and teeth impressions will be made.

On the next visit, the dentist will remove the enamel from the tooth or teeth which are being fitted for veneers. The dentist will also take an impression of the teeth that will be used to create the veneers. The veneers themselves are custom-made at an off-site lab. It may take a week or two for the veneers to be completed. The dentist will affix temporary veneers over the teeth until the permanent ones are ready.

The permanent porcelain veneers will be attached on the final visit. The dentist will also go over how to properly care for them to ensure they last the lifetime of your smile.

Taking care of dental veneers

Porcelain veneers will last a long, long time with proper care. However, it is important to take care of them. Caring for dental veneers is the same as caring for natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush and floss daily. Continue to schedule regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. Every six months is recommended for both.

Prolong the life of your porcelain veneers by avoiding bad habits such as chewing fingernails or biting the tips of pens and pencils. Doing so can damage the veneers the same as they can your natural ones.

What to avoid with porcelain veneers

Certain foods and drinks can cause damage to porcelain teeth. Chewing hard foods such as candy, popcorn, and ice, can cause veneers to crack and break. Coffee, tea, and red wine can stain them just as they discolor natural teeth. It is also best to avoid sticky foods like taffy or chewy foods like well-done meat.

Are dental veneers right for you?

Contact the professionals at University Dental Associates to find out if dental veneers are the right option to restore your beautiful smile. We are experts in cosmetic dentistry and provide patients with a variety of preventive dental care including checkups, cleanings, and x-rays. We also specialize in tooth extraction and repair, tooth replacement, and restoration. Schedule an appointment online today or call us at 708-304-8406.