How do porcelain veneers work?
- Posted on: Jan 30 2020
A naturally beautiful smile doesn’t always occur for some patients. Not everyone is born with perfectly straight, brilliantly white teeth. Patients in the area of Pittsford, NY who are interested in improving the appearance of their smile will want to work with a dentist who offers cosmetic procedures for adult patients. One common restoration that is used in our practice is that of porcelain veneers.
What is a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is best described as a custom-created shell of porcelain that can be bonded into place over a natural tooth to cover it. Coverage may be required for teeth that are:
• Improperly spaced
• Permanently stained
• Unusually shaped
How does a porcelain veneer work?
The porcelain veneer is made to look like the front of a natural tooth. It is designed to match the shape, color, and size of the patient’s existing teeth to ensure it looks as natural as possible. The veneer covers the tooth to provide a new appearance.
How is a porcelain veneer placed?
First, preparations are made to the tooth to allow the veneer to be placed without adding bulk. These preparations include the filing down of the front of the tooth enamel. Then, impressions are taken of the tooth. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. The final veneer is bonded into place when it returns to the dental practice, and patients are advised as to the ways to extend the longevity of their restoration.
How do I take care of a porcelain veneer?
Patients should brush and floss their teeth as they normally do after every meal, and schedule their routine dental examinations with their dentist every six months. Additionally, patients should avoid chewing on hard or solid objects (such as ice cubes) to avoid breakage to their porcelain veneer.
Obtain porcelain veneers with Dr. Destefano today!
Pittsford, NY patients who are faced with imperfections in their smile are advised to contact the practice of Dr. Destefano to speak to him about this option for their needs. The practice can be reached by phone at (585) 248-2383.