Porcelain Veneers


What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells of ceramic that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth. They are handcrafted by a master ceramist and are highly esthetic. Veneers can address a variety of issues, including chipped, yellow, stained, misshapen or crooked teeth, or teeth with spaces between them. A veneer placed on top of a tooth can quickly and easily improve the look of a smile.

Candidates for Dental Veneers

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Pretty much anyone could benefit from having porcelain veneers beautify their smile. If you have severe staining in the interior of your teeth from a reaction to tetracycline as a kid or from trauma to a tooth or teeth, porcelain veneers can cover these deep stains. They are also a great way to cover broken or chipped teeth, align crooked teeth, reshape misshapen teeth, or to close gaps between teeth.

The items on that list are all cosmetic issues with the teeth. Porcelain veneers can only be applied to healthy teeth. They don’t correct problems but they merely cover and mask them. So, Dr. Oshetski will need to take care of problems such as decay, deep cracks, or issues with your gum health before he can place veneers.


Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers give our patients beautiful, perfect smiles. They maintain their bright white appearance and are very resistant to staining. Plus, when compared to alternatives such as moving teeth with orthodontics, they only take a couple of appointments rather than a couple of years to improve your teeth.

Disadvantages of Veneers

While porcelain veneers provide a beautiful cover-up of various cosmetic flaws with your teeth, they are only cosmetic. If a tooth has a serious crack or extensive decay, a crown could be a better alternative because it returns strength to the tooth. If a tooth has so much decay that it can’t hold a filling or inlay/onlay, it may need extraction. In this case, a veneer isn’t an option. The tooth will need to be replaced with a dental implant.

Also, it’s important to note that porcelain veneers are a permanent choice. That means the teeth you have covered with veneers will need to always be covered with a veneer. This is because to make room for the veneers on the front side of the teeth, we need to shave off a tiny amount of the enamel. That is permanently gone and those teeth will always need to be covered. That means when your current set of porcelain veneers reaches its lifespan, you’ll need to have another set fabricated and applied.


The Porcelain Veneer Procedure

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The placement of porcelain veneers requires three appointments for the following:

1. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

This initial appointment provides the patient with the opportunity to take an active role in designing and discussing the restorative veneer process. The dentist will discuss the corrective abilities and limitations of this procedure with the patient.

2. Preparation

At the second appointment, the teeth being veneered are lightly buffed to compensate for the added thickness the veneers will create. The teeth are typically reduced by approximately one half of a millimeter. Some veneers require no tooth reduction at all. Next, an impression is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for the creation of veneers. Temporary veneers can be placed if the patient is uncomfortable with the appearance of the natural teeth. The final veneers are usually ready within a few weeks.

3. Bonding

At the third appointment, the dentist will initially hold the veneers in place on the teeth with water or glycerin to determine whether they are perfect in fit and color. The color of the veneers can still be adjusted by altering the shade of the cement used to adhere them. Once the color is finalized, chemicals are applied to the teeth to optimize the bonding. Dental cement is then applied between the teeth and the veneers, and a special light is used to quickly harden the cement.


Porcelain Veneers Patient Testimonial

“This office is one of a kind. Their approach to patient care and personalized attention is commendable. The staff truly care about patient experience and I have grown fond of them. Dr Oshetski’s skill and expertise is second to none. I am fortunate to have found this office and highly recommend them.”


Does It Hurt to Get Dental Veneers?

The process of shaving off the enamel is the only part of the entire procedure that can be mildly sensitive, but most people don’t need anesthesia. Still, if you choose, a local anesthetic is available. The cementing process is absolutely painless. After placement, you will have some increased sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the small portion of your enamel. This passes within a few days after your veneers are placed.

How Do I Care for My Veneers?

Normal brushing, with a non-abrasive toothpaste, and flossing are all that is required for maintenance of your veneers. Dental porcelain is incredibly strong, but we advise our patients to use common sense when eating a few foods. For instance, you should avoid chewing bones or eating candy apples. Chewing ice is always a bad idea, more so with veneers on your teeth. Otherwise, just about all foods are fine and you don’t have to worry about your veneers.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Your porcelain veneers can last from seven to 20 years. The lifespan can be dictated by changes with the underlying teeth or surrounding gum tissue. Usually, if a veneer happens to detach it can usually be re-bonded to the tooth. As mentioned above, when your porcelain veneers do reach their lifespan you’ll need to have a new set made and applied to your teeth.

Alternatives to Veneers

Crowning teeth is an alternative, but most people don’t want to crown more than a tooth or two. The bottom line is that porcelain veneers give you a beautiful smile.

Risks of Dental Veneers

Placing veneers is a very safe procedure. Some people can have mild sensitivity with a tooth or two when we are shaving off the enamel, but there isn’t any risk of infection or real injury. Any tooth sensitivity usually passes in a few days.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready to take your smile to the next level? Call our Brunswick Office at 207.729.1159 with questions or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Oshetski.

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