A porcelain veneer can be an ideal way to make a cosmetic change for a tooth. A porcelain veneer is a translucent, thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth so to improve the cosmetic appearance (shape, spacing, color) of natural teeth. Compared to dental bonding, porcelain veneers usually look more lifelike and they have the added benefit of resisting staining well. If you already have crowns on your front teeth, replacement with all porcelain jacket crowns may give you a more natural, attractive appearance. Or think about cosmetic repositioning as an alternative to orthodontics with the placement of porcelain veneers.
As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are typically fairly expensive and if used in the wrong application can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a porcelain veneer has broken typically the whole veneer must be replaced. It usually cannot be patched or repaired. An average set of porcelain dental veneers will last about 10-15 years. Some veneers can last as long as 20 or 25 years.
Veneers are a multi-step process that's often spread out over a few appointments. During the consultation, a dentist at Smile Centre will look at your teeth and X-ray to ensure dental veneers are suitable for you if identifies any oral health concerns that must first be addressed before veneer placement.
We will discuss the procedures and their limitations, Imaging technologies can provide you with a preview of your expected results, and before and after images can allow you to view other successful cases. Once the examination process is completed and the customized plan designed, treatment begins.
The dental veneer procedure can often be completed in two dental visits over the course of a six-week period. The visits are comprehensive and may require several hours of examination, and tooth preparation. The teeth might need to be shaved down during the prep stage, but it really just depends on your specific situation. Next, we will make an impression of your tooth and sent it to the laboratory where the veneer teeth will be custom made. It may take one week to place the final veneer. Generally, we will place temporary dental veneers first. However, after your teeth are shaped, they may be more sensitive to hot and cold due to the loss of enamel during tooth preparation.
Before cementing a permanent veneer tooth the dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to check its fit and color. The veneer will repeatedly be removed and trimmed as needed to achieve the proper fit. The color of the veneer shade can be balanced with the shade of cement to be used. Next, the cement is applied to the veneer, which is then placed on the tooth.
You may require a few visits in two or three weeks to check how your gums are reacting to the veneers.
Aftercare is extremely important because Chipped or fractured porcelain veneers cannot be repaired. To reduce the risk of damage, do not bite or chew on hard objects such as nut shells or bones, and do not use your teeth to open or tear packages. With proper care, your porcelain veneers will stay pearly white for as long as ten years, However, brushing after drinking red wine, coffee, tea or soda is advisable. Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, and be sure to use non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, we can fit you with a mouth guard to shield your veneers.
Seeing your dentist for regular examinations and dental cleanings once in six months and is important for keeping your veneers looking amazing for the longest possible amount of time.
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on several factors like the quality of the craftsmanship & material, complexity of the procedure, number of veneers done per procedure. So, it really varies and it will vary from person to person. Traditional porcelain veneers cost between Rs 6000 to 15000 INR per tooth which can last 10 to 15 years.