Installation of Porcelain Veneers
Installing porcelain veneers is one of the cosmetic dentistry options to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile, by repairing the pigmented, broken or crooked tooth and hiding its problems.
In this article by Opal Dental Clinics, we discuss the procedures for installing porcelain dental veneers, highlighting the benefits, contraindications, disadvantages, and the most important frequently asked questions about dental veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
They are thin dental veneers of half a millimeter in thickness, designed to cover the outer surface of the teeth in order to hide defects and dental problems that appear when speaking and smiling.
These fixtures are manufactured in the dental laboratory from ceramic material, with the same color as the tooth, to be an effective solution to improve the appearance of the teeth and make them whiter, which enhances the beauty of the smile.
Procedures for installing porcelain veneers
The installation of dental veneers requires – often – 3 procedures, which are as follows:
First – counseling and diagnosis
At your first visit, the doctor will get to know you about the result you would like to achieve, then he or she will perform an examination of your teeth to ensure that the porcelain veneers are suitable for your condition, and the examination may require x-rays, and then he or she will discuss with you the treatment plan.
Second – Preparing the teeth for the veneer
In the preparation stage, the doctor gives you the choice between undergoing anesthesia or not, and accordingly scrapes a small part of the tooth enamel to send it to the laboratory that will make the veneer, taking into account that trimming an amount equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the surface of the tooth.
It takes 2 to 4 weeks to prepare the veneers inside the laboratory, and during this period, temporary veneers can be used until the porcelain veneers are prepared.
Third – Installing porcelain dental veneers
After making sure that the ceramic veneers are suitable in color and size for your teeth, the doctor begins to clean, polish and drill the teeth until the tooth surface becomes rough. This ensures a strong bonding process.
The installation requires a special adhesive to fix the veneer on the surface of the tooth, then expose it to a light beam to activate the chemicals in it, which leads to rapid hardening.
After fixing the veneer, any excess adhesive is removed, while making sure that the installation has been done correctly. At this stage, some patients may need minor adjustments, which the doctor quickly makes during the installation session.
However, adjusting to porcelain veneers and the new chewing pattern may take several weeks, so you should follow up with your dentist to make sure there are no complications, and that you just need a little time to get used to.
What are the benefits of installing porcelain veneers?
- It gives the teeth a natural look.
- Hiding dental deformities and improving the appearance of a smile.
- Porcelain veneers are very hard and resistant to cracking and breaking.
- Veneers need to remove very little tooth enamel.
- More resistant to stains and pigmentation caused by dark drinks.
- It lasts on the teeth for a period of time ranging from 7 to 15 years.
Cases that are not suitable for porcelain veneers
- Tooth decay or fractures.
- Gum problems.
- Chronic bruxism.
- Moderate or severe crooked teeth.
Dental Side Effects
- Permanent, once the veneer is pasted, it cannot be removed.
- It can cause tooth sensitivity as a result of exposing part of the enamel.
- Despite its hardness, it is subject to breakage and cracking, and at that time it cannot be repaired.
- They are liable to separate from the tooth and fall when overconsuming solid foods.
How do I preserve porcelain veneers?
1- Brushing the teeth twice a day with brushing, toothpaste, rinsing and dental floss.
2- If you suffer from bruxism; Use a dental night guard to protect scales and opposing teeth.
3- Avoid biting hard foods, such as nuts and carrots, using teeth covered with porcelain veneers.
4- Although it is more stain resistant; However, dentists advise against excessive intake of dark drinks such as tea and coffee.
What are the alternatives to porcelain veneers?
The dental fixtures that fix dental problems and add beauty to them vary between veneers, lumineers, and dental crowns, which we will discuss in detail later in the Opal Dental Clinics blog.
In nutshell, this was a quick review of the procedures for the installation of porcelain veneers in dental clinics, and the benefits that the patient obtains from the installation, with an explanation of the disadvantages and contraindications to the use of veneers.
If you want to know whether porcelain veneers are suitable for your teeth or not, contact us today at Opal Dental Clinics, and book an appointment with the most qualified doctors specializing in installing porcelain dental veneers in Turkey, so we can start the procedures immediately.
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