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What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their esthetics and comfort. With veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped, or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly and help you achieve a beautiful smile!
Will They Look Like Normal Teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for many years.
Dr. Sreter, the well known Jerusalem dentist, will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
This procedure will require three appointments:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Dr. Sreter will review your needs and expectations and help you plan your new smile.
The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are slightly prepared to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require small amounts of local anesthesia.
An impression or mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the dental laboratory where the veneers are created by a skilled dental technician. In some cases, temporary veneers will be placed at this time. The permanent veneers should be ready in approximately one to two weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Sreter will first check the veneers to determine that the fit and color are excellent. After reviewing the esthetics with you and receiving your approval the tooth is prepared for the bonding or gluing process. A special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a special light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.
Care & Follow-Up
Avoid heavy biting pressures on newly cemented veneers for 24 hours. Afterwards, brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.
Maintenance of Your New Veneers
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by doing so. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneers.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneers. This is related to the amount of enamel remaining on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate in one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call the office.
If you are a known clencher (bruxer), please be sure to let us know. Dr. Sreter may recommend a nightguard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep.
We hope that your new veneers fulfill your esthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.