Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over natural teeth and cover various imperfections such as tooth chips, misshapenness, and discoloration. Popular among celebrities for their picture-perfect look, veneers are an effective cosmetic alteration for lots of people who want a smile makeover. They are a highly customizable smile solution, and Better Way Dental can help you design your perfect set.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have lots of benefits. They are some of the most durable veneers, being highly stain-resistant and lasting 10-15 years on average. They are also some of the most natural-looking veneers with a translucent toothlike appearance. Patients can create any smile they can imagine.
Who Can Get Porcelain Veneers?
Although we believe at Better Way Dental that anyone can create their dream smile, sometimes different means work better for different mouths. Not everyone is a great candidate for porcelain veneers because they are a superficial form of cosmetic repair. Fortunately, there are other options for people who want cosmetic changes but for whom veneers are not feasible.
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are in good dental health with strong hygiene habits and no other complicating factors. Good candidates either already have straight teeth (without overcrowding) or use orthodontic treatments like Invisalign or Clear Braces to straighten their teeth sufficiently for veneers. For those who want a set of new teeth on top of healthy natural teeth, porcelain veneers are a fantastic option.
Some people are not good candidates for porcelain veneers, but there are other options. Patients with chronic dental issues or severe tooth decay are poor candidates for veneers because the complicating factors pose too great a risk to dental health. Having very crooked teeth or large gaps can also make veneers unfeasible for some people. Other potential candidates may be discouraged from getting veneers if they have problems grinding and clenching their teeth, as this can damage both the veneers and natural teeth.
Fortunately, even if you are not a good candidate for veneers or you have severely damaged or missing teeth, you can still create your dream smile by other means! Better Way Dental offers high-quality dental implants, dental bridges, and full-mouth dental restorations that allow you to choose the option that works best for you.
What’s it Like Getting Porcelain Veneers?
Getting porcelain veneers is a step-by-step process that involves some minor adjustments to your natural teeth and a few trips to the dentist’s office. The first part of the process is a dental health screening to determine whether you are a good candidate for veneers.
Then, the dentist must remove some of the tooth enamel to make room for the veneer shells; sometimes dentists administer numbing agents locally to ensure this is painless. The dentist takes impressions or scans the teeth to create a mold, and schematics and specifications for permanent veneers are sent to a dental factory that produces the veneer.
Temporary veneers are placed on the teeth until the next visit, where the permanent porcelain veneers will be cemented permanently to the natural teeth, hiding them from view. Lastly, the dentist checks your bite and adjusts the fitted veneers to ensure the wearer is comfortable.
Porcelain Veneers by Better Way Dental
Interested in a total smile makeover with porcelain veneers? Give us a call today at (425) 292-9230 to schedule a consultation at our office in Snoqualmie, WA. Dr. Zhu and his staff of skilled and compassionate professionals offer comprehensive dental care, cosmetic options, and smile restorations so patients can smile with confidence. Come experience dentistry done the Better Way.