Veneers in Abington, PA - Limberakis Family Dentistry
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile
Veneers can correct mild to moderate size, shape, spacing and stains and discoloration problems caused by trauma or as a side effect of certain medications. The most common uses for porcelain veneers include:
- Correct mild or moderate chips and cracks
- Close small gaps and alignment issues (significant spacing and bite problems may require orthodontic treatment)
- Change the size or shape of uneven teeth
- Seal a tooth after root canal therapy
- Whiten intrinsic stains and discolorations that can't be removed with professional teeth whitening treatments
When you choose porcelain veneers, you have chosen the high-tech way to create a beautiful smile. You will enjoy many benefits with porcelain veneers because:
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and will remain beautifully white for years to come
- Veneer treatment is conservative because very little tooth surface needs to be removed
- Porcelain veneers are natural-looking due to their translucent quality just like your natural teeth
- They look delicate, but they are strong and durable and will last for many years with proper care
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
During the final "bonding" visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.
For certain patients no preparation of the teeth may be necessary. Please see our specialties page for more information.