Porcelain Veneers in Shawnee KS
There’s a fast and easy way to get that even, white, straight smile that you’ve always wanted. Porcelain veneers are a quick and simple way to cover gaps, cracks, stains, uneven spacing, overlapped or crooked teeth and much more. It’s a very non-invasive procedure that Monticello Family Dental provides.
A porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain that is cemented over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct dental issues including worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, tooth discoloration, and chips or cracks.
Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry
because they help makeover smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also add protective qualities and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can solve a lot of cosmetic and dental problems and provide many benefits which include:
Creating aligned teeth. Uneven teeth can result from the grinding of teeth, and through general wear and tear and this can lead to bite issues. Veneers can correct this.
Adds protective qualities and can eliminate the need for further, extensive treatment.
Provides durability to your teeth that have been affected by worn enamel.
The need for little to no removal of tooth structure compared to dental crowns.
Can restore the natural appearance of healthy, youthful teeth by correcting chips and cracks.
Veneers can offer a simple, cosmetic solution when teeth whitening cannot help with discoloration of your teeth.
They provide a natural tooth appearance.
Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
Are You a Candidate?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental veneers, we will schedule a preliminary consultation during which your oral health will be evaluated and all available treatment options discussed. Usually Dr. Kapoor prefers to offer patients the most minimally invasive option possible. Treatment involving tooth preparation is irreversible, so it is important that we discuss any alternatives that provide the same results but with minimal to no removal of tooth structure. If you and Dr. Kapoor
decide that porcelain veneers are the best option, the next step involves a thorough review of treatment details, including preparing your teeth for your specific veneer procedure and will be necessary for them to look and fit correctly.
During your consultation, you will actively participate in your own smile design process. Share your preferences for the shape, length, width and color of the veneers and the change in appearance of your smile that you want them to create. You can help ensure that your treatment will meet your expectations. It is important to Dr. Kapoor that she understands your objectives during your veneer consultation.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure - What to Expect
The procedure can often be complete in two visits over the course of six weeks. The visits are comprehensive and may require several hours of examinations and tooth preparation. We will have sedations and audio-visual distractions that will help you to stay relaxed and comfortable.
The diagnostic and examinations phase of treatment is essential and identifies any oral health concerns that must first be addressed before veneer placement. Dr. Kapoor will work with you to select the best tooth color for you. 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. Treatment begins when the examination is completed and customized plan designed.
First, Dr. Kapoor will likely administer a local anesthetic so you will be comfortable during tooth preparation and placement of the porcelain veneer. Your natural tooth is then prepared by minimally reshaping it to provide the best fit. Dr. Kapoor will make an impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made. This impression may be sent to an outside dental laboratory where the veneers will be professionally fabricated.
After the mold is taken it will take about two to three weeks to create your custom veneers. In the meantime there may be a temporary set of veneers for your to wear. Since these veneers aren’t permanently attached to your teeth, they can more or become damaged if you aren’t careful. Avoiding the following foods can help you prevent problems:
Meat that requires substantial chewing, such as steak
Ice, hard candy, apples, and other hard foods
Toast and breads with hard crusts
Nut, potato chips, pretzels, seeds and other crunchy foods
Foods that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, soda, ketchup, tomatoes and berries
Once you receive your permanent veneers, that are some types of food to avoid or limit so it doesn’t cause any damage.
Hard Foods- It’s never a good idea to bite into hard candies or biting close to the bone when eating foods like pork chops and chicken legs. Things like these can chip the porcelain.
Ice- Biting down on ice cubes can chip or break your veneers.
Using your teeth like a tool, like biting open a bag of chips. Avoid biting your nails or anything with excessive vertical force.
Maintenance of Porcelain Veneers
The maintenance of porcelain veneers is actually quite simple. Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional.
One week after your veneers are placed, you will be required to return to the office for a follow-up visit and evaluation so Dr. Kapoor can see how your mouth is reacting to the veneers. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we may fit you with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
You should also return to our office for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your veneers for any sign of potential failure.
Chipped or fractured porcelain veneers cannot be repaired, so we will advise you of the cost and added time associated with replacing a damaged restoration. 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.
Dental veneers offer a simple way to change your smile. It will add to the beauty of it and add strength and durability and will last for years to come with proper care. If you are interested in learning if porcelain veneers are a good choice for you give Monticello Family Dental a call today.