Let's first begin with understanding what exactly Porcelain Veneers are. They are thin shells of porcelain which is used to create natural looking teeth. They are custom-made and are tooth colored. They also help in improving the appearance of your teeth and often your smile. Porcelain Veneers are fixed on the front teeth which changes the color, shape and size of the teeth.
So to determine whether you will require porcelain veneers you will have to visit your dentist. This is the first step of the treatment. Depending upon your overall medical history and current condition they will suggest you whether you are a perfect candidate for this dental treatment or not. Be open with your dentist and tell him / her what results do you expect or what do you want to be corrected. Do not be influenced by anyone else who has veneers and perfect smile. Each mouth and teeth are different so the treatment procedure will also differ.
They consist of thin ceramic layers which are helpful in replacing the tooth. Apart from that they also consist of an adhesive layer which helps in sticking the porcelain veneer to the teeth. In order to fix the dental appliance a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed. This will create some space so that they can be fixed. This historically restores the natural function of teeth and at the same time gives you a better smile.
At times patients look for an alternative to the conventional dental veneers or bonding. However you should be aware of the fact that this treatment procedure is not applicable to all the patients. There is another type of this dental appliance which does not require the dentist to remove much of tooth. This is called as minimal preparation veneers or “no-prep” veneers. Just like the conventional ones, these are also fitted at the front of the teeth. However as mentioned before, not everyone is the ideal candidate for this type of dental appliance.
These dental appliances are made individually for each patient and they are created in such a way that it is difficult to tell the difference between natural tooth and them. Natural looking teeth get stained with coffee, tea and cigarette smoke although porcelain veneers do not. Moreover unlike crowns they remain firmly separated with the teeth with just minimum amount being changed. They also have the tendency to make the dark teeth the brightest.
There is no rocket science in their maintenance. You just have to treat them like your natural teeth. Keep brushing and flossing your teeth so that there is no remains of food. Make sure to visit your dentist one week after the porcelain veneers have been set up. This is just to check whether they are doing fine or not. However you should also ensure that you visit your dentist regularly to check for the dental health.