The prosthodontists at our dental practice near Worcester have a strong background in cosmetic dentistry, including dental veneers. This is expected from dentists who have received additional years of schooling and experience in restoring patients’ smiles to their former glory. Here’s a comprehensive guide of what to expect when getting dental veneers from our prosthodontists or some other cosmetic dentist.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth by altering their shape, color, size, or length.
- Types of Dental Veneers:
- Porcelain Veneers: Known for their durability and natural appearance. They resist stains better than resin veneers and mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth.
- Composite Resin Veneers: Less expensive and require less enamel removal compared to porcelain. They can be repaired if damaged but are less durable than porcelain. They are also more prone to staining.
- Procedure for Porcelain Veneers:
- Dental Veneer Consultation: Involves a thorough dental examination to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for veneers.
- Tooth Preparation: A small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth surface to accommodate the veneer. This should include removing some enamel from the top and sides of the tooth so that the veneer can securely envelope the tooth.
- Impression and Customization: Impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to a dental lab where the veneers are custom-made.
- Bonding: Once ready, the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth using a special cement. The surface of the tooth is also treated with a strong acid that creates a microscopically rough surface for better traction and bonding.
- Recovery and Aftercare: Recovery is minimal. Patients may experience sensitivity to hot and cold initially. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining veneers.
Benefits and Limitations of Dental Veneers
- Instantly enhance the appearance of your smile.
- Offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.
- Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and durable.
- The process is irreversible due to the removal of enamel.
- Not suitable for individuals with unhealthy teeth (e.g., those with decay or gum disease).
- Veneers are not a fix for severely damaged teeth.
Dental Veneer Research and Effectiveness
Recent research in cosmetic dentistry has shown:
- Durability: Porcelain veneers have a high survival rate. A study published in the Journal of Prosthodontics reported a survival rate of approximately 93% over 10 years.
- Satisfaction: Studies indicate high patient satisfaction rates, particularly in terms of aesthetic improvement.
- Oral Health Impact: Properly applied veneers have minimal impact on oral health, with most patients adapting quickly.
Dental veneers offer a compelling option for those looking to enhance their smile. They blend art and science, providing a durable, aesthetic solution for various dental imperfections. However, it’s crucial to have a detailed consultation with your dentist to determine if veneers are right for you, considering your oral health and cosmetic goals.
For those interested in exploring dental veneers or seeking more information, we welcome you to contact our dental office in Auburn for a consultation.