Have you been looking for ways to fix a smile that makes you unhappy? If you have, you might have considered porcelain veneers. The following porcelain veneers FAQs will help you to make the right decision.
I Know What They Are, Now What Will They Do?
Good, you know that porcelain veneers are coverings for your teeth that will hide a lot of dental imperfections. Now, you want to know exactly how well they will work, so here is your answer:
Porcelain veneers will hide stains, and will also correct minor dental imperfections like chips and gaps. What they will not do is straighten your teeth to any great extent. They will improve the appearance of minor crowding and gapping, and they can change the shape and color of your teeth, but if you have a severe malocclusion, you will need braces; porcelain veneers will not do the job.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Made?
Porcelain veneers are most often created in a lab, unless your dentist uses a CEREC machine that can make them onsite. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth after scraping off some of your tooth enamel in order to ensure proper adhesion, and then once the veneers are made, the dentist cements them onto the front of your teeth.
How Do I Know That My Porcelain Veneers Will Look Good?
Your dentist will work with you, using a color chart, to make sure that you veneers are the right color. Once the veneers are made, you and your dentist will take a final look to be sure that the color and shape are right. Your veneers will not be installed until both you and your dentist are satisfied.
Can Porcelain Veneers Be Removed?
Not usually. Dental veneers require a commitment on your part to good oral hygiene. If the underlying tooth structure becomes damaged, or if you develop gum disease, your veneers could fail, and they will be very hard to remove without damaging the underlying teeth.
Are Veneers Expensive?
Porcelain veneers are at the mid-range of cosmetic dental procedures, far less expensive than dental implants or crowns, but more expensive than dental bonding or teeth whitening treatments.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures other than what is covered in these porcelain veneers FAQs, contact us at Loftus Dental in Rapid City. You can call us at 605-341-4521 or use the form on our Contact Us page to book an appointment.