Over the years, it’s easy for teeth to go through some hard times, even if you practice oral care and make regular dental visits. Stubborn stains can make you feel self-conscious about showing off your smile more often. Cosmetic chips due to trauma can be unsightly. Gaps or misalignment can be frustrating, especially if you don’t want to undergo orthodontic treatment. Regardless of the imperfections you’re dealing with, you don’t have to settle nor resort to several different treatments to get the smile you’ve always wanted. If you’re interested in the most comprehensive cosmetic treatment to date, contact our dentist in Portland at RiverPlace Dental to schedule your consultation.
Porcelain veneers are cosmetic restorations made from dental ceramics. Unlike dental crowns, veneers are ultra-thin and designed to sit flush against natural teeth in order to cover imperfections, change the overall shape of teeth or make teeth appear more even. Each veneer is customized to match your existing teeth exactly in order to make them look as natural as possible. Once created, the veneers are bonded to your teeth and cared for just like your natural teeth.
Not only are porcelain veneers a great long-term solution for cosmetic imperfections, but they’re also ideal for solving many issues at the same time. Through porcelain veneers, it’s easy to fix:
No other treatment works to improve the appearance of your smile as quickly and significantly as porcelain veneers. In just two appointments, your dentist can examine your teeth and take impressions of your smile and in about two weeks, your permanent veneers will be ready for placement.
After you’ve had a conversation with your dentist about the imperfections you’d like to fix, they’ll begin the process of lightly buffing down your enamel in order to make room for the veneers. The amount buffed is very minimal, but permanent, so keep this in mind. Once buffed down, the dentist will take impressions and send them off to a lab to create the final restoration. During this time, you’ll wear temporary veneers to help you get acclimated with your new smile.
When you come back, you’ll have the temporary veneers replaced with your permanent versions and get the chance to confirm that your smile is exactly the way you wanted. If not, our dentist will perform adjustments as needed until you’re fully satisfied.
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special maintenance to care for. In fact, dental porcelain is less susceptible to staining because it lacks the many cracks and crevices typically associated with natural tooth enamel. However, if the veneers become damaged, they can become more vulnerable to stains, so take note of the following tips.
With the right care, your veneers can last 10 to 15 years and even longer! To get started on your journey for a smile worth dreaming for, schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Portland today!