How porcelain veneers are changing Las Vegas smilesPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
The basics of porcelain veneersA veneer is a thin layer of strong, translucent porcelain that reflects light in a very similar manner to tooth enamel. It is precisely shaped to fit over the exterior surface of a front tooth. Dr. Lim prepares the tooth by removing a tiny amount of surface enamel so that the veneer fits snugly and looks natural. Then it is bonded into place. After an initial consultation to be sure veneers are your best option and that your mouth is in good condition, the process usually takes just two appointments.
A single tooth may be veneered, or you may opt for a full smile makeover, treating all of the anterior teeth that show when you speak, smile, and laugh.
Veneers are stain resistant and durable, but a little extra care will help them last a long time. Avoid biting directly into very firm foods or chomping on other hard objects like fingernails or pens. Brush after eating, giving a little extra attention to the margin where the veneer meets your gum line. Floss gently but thoroughly before bedtime. If you are a bruxer – you grind or clench your teeth – Dr. Lim may recommend wearing a night guard to protect your veneers from breakage or dislodgement.
When veneers come to the rescuePorcelain veneers address the four basic symmetry issues that flaw an otherwise stunning smile:
- Alignment – Sometimes called "instant orthodontics," veneers correct the appearance of minor misalignment. Crooked teeth, gaps, uneven spacing, and mildly twisted teeth disappear in Dr. Lim's artistic hands.
- Color – Veneers cover stubborn discoloration (such as tetracycline staining) that doesn't respond to professional whitening, and old darkened dental work.
- Texture – Bumps, pits, grooves, chips, and cracks in tooth enamel mar your smile. Veneers reestablish a smooth, reflective surface.
- Shape – Some teeth just have an unusual shape, look too short, or become worn down. Dr. Lim uses veneers to restores appealing proportions to each visible tooth.