Porcelain Veneers

Flip open almost any magazine and you are bound to find some mention of what you can do to make yourself look younger.

Skin creams, botox, body cleanses, you name it. It can get a bit overwhelming if you want to take the advice. And not everyone has the celebrity bank account to follow through with those suggestions.

No need to get discouraged though. There is a new anti-aging trend that some dentists are calling a “smile lift”. And the main way of achieving this lift is through a dental procedure called porcelain veneers.

If you have misaligned or badly stained teeth that detract from your smile, veneers are a great option for you. Veneers give you the opportunity to impact your smile significantly by supporting, reshaping, and whitening your teeth all at the same time.


What are Porcelain Veneers?

porcelain veneersVeneers are thin porcelain shells, similar to false fingernails in that they adhere to the outsides of your teeth. They are carefully shaped, both to uniquely fit your real teeth and to give you a symmetrical smile. Porcelain veneers can make your teeth longer and more even. They will certainly make your smile whiter and can turn back the clock on your smile. Giving you a more youthful appearance.  Veneers are relatively expensive, but they are the highest quality material used in cosmetic dentistry.


Are Veneers Permanent?

Unlike the fake nails mentioned above, porcelain veneers are designed to be a more permanent solution to cosmetic dental issues. Veneers can last for up to 20 years, depending on how well a person takes care of their dental hygiene. So although nothing in dentistry is considered “permanent”, porcelain veneers are certainly a more long-lasting option over cosmetic bonding.


Veneers vs Crowns

Porcelain veneers are often preferred over crowns in situations of improving teeth for cosmetic rather than tooth decay reasons. Crowns do not blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth, bringing attention to spots that you’d rather hide. And while crowns may be less expensive, if the goal is to look more youthful, veneers are the way to go.


Two Steps to New Teeth

For most patients, the porcelain veneers procedure usually requires two appointments. This is what you can expect to take place during those appointments:


During your first appointment, the dentist will partially remove a very thin layer of the hard outer layer of the tooth, which is called the enamel. This ensures that your porcelain veneers will bond correctly to your natural teeth. The dentist will then make an impression of your teeth. This impression is sent to a lab where your “new teeth” are created.  The dentist and the lab will work together to ensure that each porcelain veneer matches your existing teeth perfectly.

After the lab finishes producing the porcelain veneers, you can come in for your second appointment. We like to call this a “try-in” visit. The lab will have made a separate thin porcelain shell for each of your teeth that is being reshaped. This shell actually mimics the layer of enamel that was previously removed, providing a renewed strength to your teeth. The porcelain veneers are bonded onto your teeth by bonding a thin layer of plastic between each tooth and the veneer. In no time at all, you have a new smile.


After-Care For Your New Smile

Once you’ve had your porcelain veneers put into place, you’ll want to make sure that you get the most out of them. Here are a few simple suggestions that you can easily introduce into your daily life.

  • Buy an electric toothbrush – Electric toothbrushes work faster to cover all of the hard to reach places in your mouth. The superior rotation of an electric toothbrush removes far more food pieces and plaque than a regular brush.
  • Incorporate tooth-healthy foods into your diet – Foods high in calcium are always good for keeping your teeth strong. Other foods such as apples, leafy greens, carrots, and celery have multiple vitamins that support tooth health.
  • Keep a regular appointment with your dentist –  Getting routine cleanings and checkups with your dentist will ensure that your porcelain veneers are staying in place.


Find the Right Professional

Because applying porcelain veneers is a particular art form, you may find that not every dentist is comfortable with this procedure. If you need help finding a dentist in your area who will perform the veneers procedure, you can start with those you trust most: your own network of family and friends.

If you are in the Chester County area, Chester County Family Dentistry provides our patients with high-quality porcelain veneers, among other cosmetic and routine dental procedures. Give us a call today at 610-431-0600 to get more information and set up your first appointment.



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