A young woman came to my practice inquiring about using a whitening system to remove the tetracycline stains across the tops of her front teeth. Even though some people can experience a slight improvement through a whitening approach, a better option to treating tetracycline stains is to use Porcelain Veneers. By the use of porcelain veneers, we were able to restore her very beautiful smile.
In this article I will share my experience with several of my patients in using Porcelain Veneers to remove stains as well as correct various other defects, to get the perfect smile everyone describes.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are fine shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front of a tooth. They are used to mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and to improve the smile. They are a greatorative choice for improving the appearance of your teeth.
When is a porcelain veneer restoration recommended?
- As an alternative to crowns, to change tooth color, size, or shape.
- For treating severe teeth discolorations. For example, teeth stained by tetracycline, by injury, and for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
- Alternative for certain Orthodontics. For example, when the front teeth are slightly misaligned, crooked, or rotated.
- For the repair of old crowns and bridgework under certain specific situations.
- For the elimination of gaps between teeth.
Can porcelain veneers get stained due to extended use – especially with the use of tea, coffee, red wine, or tobacco products?
A major advantage of using porcelain veneers as opposed to cosmetic dental bonding materials is that the porcelain veneer's surface is made of porcelain. Since porcelain is a type of ceramic, it is nonporous with non-fading permanent color. Here, a porcelain veneer's surface is extremely stain resistant.
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One of the most dramatic teeth treatments is porcelain veneers-an intricate (and expensive!) procedure in which natural tooth material is removed from the tooth’s surface and then replaced with a thin porcelain sheath that is strongly and permanently bonded to the front of the tooth.
Other than the high cost, this sounds wonderful, right? Consider the advantages:
Veneers can correct many of the natural imperfections in teeth that could take months to change through other methods like braces. Short and stubby teeth – wavy surfaces – gaps between teeth – uneven lengths – can all become non issues with a skillfully applied set of veneers. Veneers are manmade material that will never discolor. So veneers can not only instantly create teeth in any desired shade of whiteness, unlike your natural teeth, the veneer material will never stain or darken or be affected by dental decay.
Many television personalities, performers and actors have obtained their perfect smiles through the help of porcelain veneers applied by the hands of the industry’s most skilled cosmetic dentists, enforcing the popular stereotype of the “Hollywood smile.”
However, before you jump to invest your life’s savings in a set of bright new veneers, here are a few things to consider:
Are veneers permanent?
In a word, no. Long lasting, certainly-but even with the most modern materials and applications, the typical life of a veneer is approximately 10 years. Even more concerning-depending on lifestyle and habits, veneers can chip, break or fall completely away from the tooth at various (and at the most inconvenient) of times, requiring costly follow up treatments at various intervals for the rest of your life.
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