Everything you need to know about Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers
Have you every watched TV and wondered how these actors and actresses seem to always have a perfect Smile? They are always pearly white and perfectly even. So either these celebrities have never eaten a piece of candy in their lives or they all have a secret weapon in the fight for the perfect smile. Well now you too can have access to this amazing advancement in Modern Dentistry - Porcelain Veneers!
Porcelain Veneers are a completely cosmetic procedure designed to Rejuvenate and bring new life to your Smile by fixing misshaped, or misaligned teeth. They can repair cracks and chips, close gaps, and even give you a beautiful white smile that will never stain. How is this possible you ask? Your dentist will remove a small layer of tooth structure from the front of each tooth that needs a Veneer, then impressions are taken and sent to a lab for the veneers to be manufactures. The lab will then fabricate your Veneers, which are a very thin layer of porcelain shaped like half of a dental crown but much thinner. Veneers are minimally invasive and can be done in a relatively short period of time.
(Chipped, misshaped, and Discolored Teeth)
(Chip, Color and Shape of Teeth is repaired)
What to expect during the procedure
Many patients have a fear of the dentist because they instantly assume “pain” when thinking about dentistry. In reality, the assumed pain is more mental than physical.
The first step in the Veneer process is to have a Cosmetic Smile Consultation with your Dentist. In this visit, you and your Dentist will determine the number of Veneers that should be placed along with the style and color you wish to achieve as an end result. Once all of the details of the case are worked out and agreed upon, you Dentist may take an Impression of your mouth to have a Study Model to work off of. After this the process is very similar to having Crowns or Bridges places. Prior to getting a Veneer Prep done, our staff will numb the general area with a topical anesthetic. This is done to slightly numb the area prior to receiving local anesthesia. Depending on the patient, the number of teeth, and the amount of prep required, the Dentist will choose one of several local anesthetics to use. The Dentist will then administer 1 or more shots to the gum around the area where the prep work will be done. Typically the patient will feel a slight pinch in the area when getting the first shot, and if more shots are required, there are seldom felt as the area becomes numb quite quickly. Once the Dentist has verified that the patient is adequately numb, they will begin to prep the teeth for Veneers. At this point the patient should not feel any pain, but if for some reason they do, they should let the team know immediately and more anesthetic will be administered. Once the prep has been completed, the Dentist will take impressions of the prepped teeth to send out to the lab. While you wait for your case to be manufactured, the team will also fabricated a Temporary Veneers to hold you over until the Permanent case arrives. These temporary Veneers are not to be worn for a long period of time and should be removed as soon as the permanent case comes back from the lab. Once the permanent Veneers are back from the lab, you will schedule an appointment and your Dentist will cement them in and make sure you are perfectly happy with the Shape, Color, and Style of your Rejuvenated Smile.
After the procedure is complete the patient will still be numb for some time – so we advise patients not to eat until the numbness wears off as they can inadvertently bite their tongue or their lip by accident. Patients may feel a slight pain in the general area where the shot was given once the anesthetics wears off. This is completely normal and will go away within a few hours. Typically, pain medication is not required, but if for any reason the patient remains in pain hours after the procedure, we advise for you to contact the office as soon as possible to speak with your Dentist.