Dental Porcelain Veneers Services
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also known as dental porcelain laminates, are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.
Preparing a tooth for a veneer is possible due to the evolution of adhesives and minimal invasive wearing of enamel from tooth surface; bringing up one of the most successful restorative long term treatments
With porcelain veneers, teeth still hold their structural integrity, therefore maintaining teeth physical properties with a successful bite and beautiful smile.
When are veneers recommended?
Porcelain veneers achieve wonderful results to our aesthetic goals for:
-teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken.
-teeth that are misaligned, uneven or with irregular shapes (have bulges)
-teeth that are discolored, because of various reasons including root canal.
-teeth with gaps between them
Beyond the aesthetic results, veneers are used for an integral oral rehabilitation for improving and balancing the patients bite.
What’s the procedure for getting dental veneers?
This procedure involves an indirect technique, in which Dr. Vargas will make impressions of your previously prepared teeth. This model of your teeth is used in our laboratory to elaborate the personalized veneers.
Our key to success in this indirect procedure is best diagnosis for detailed planning. Constant training in Prosthodontics and updating with the newest techniques in Smile Design, Dr. Vargas complies with the best materials to achieve the desired smile.
How long does this procedure take?
This can vary from patient to patient, but in general, the treatment can take up to four appointments of around one hour each. First visit of general diagnosis in which Dr. Vargas examines for functional and esthetic goals, elaborating a precise plan. Objectives will be determined based on patient’s desires. The next two visits will take for making models and trying on the final veneers ensuring the best adhesive procedures for the best results. A final appointment will correspond to any necessary adjustment and control.
Is this a painful procedure?
Since this procedure is not invasive at all there is actually no need of anesthesia. For some patients who please to be more comfortable without any sensation we shall apply local anesthesia. When the procedure requires wearing deeper than the enamel, usually due to the tooth condition, then we must use local anesthesia.
Are there provisional veneers in the meantime?
Surely, there is a lapse of time between tooth preparation until the actual cementing of the final porcelain veneers. During this time temporary veneers will be placed for patients comfort. As temporary they are the use of them will be of short term.
Do porcelain veneers change color or look gray in the margin?
Porcelain veneers will not experience a change of coloration due to the careful elaboration in our laboratory. At microscopic level, the porcelain is sealed avoiding the filtration of any pigment in its structure. Dr. Vargas also, utilizes modern cementation processes giving stability to the desired color of the veneers.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Key to success with porcelain veneers is due to the correct diagnose and planning. This will allow a conservative wearing of the teeth maintaining a functional balanced bite. Veneers are among the treatments that last longer in esthetic dentistry. In specific studies, scientific literature reports cases of over 10 years of intact veneers.
Success surely, will also depend on the daily care and hygiene the patient provides.
What care must the patient have for the veneers?
Care of porcelain veneers is exactly the same as for natural teeth. The patient must make use of daily brushing and dental floss as indicated to each case by Dr. Vargas. A non or very low abrasive tooth paste is also recommended. Finally an annual dental revision will also ensure proper maintenance.
When would veneers not be suitable?
Only in the cases in which the tooth would already have a crown. Otherwise there is no restriction in the use of porcelain veneers.
What other alternative treatment exists?
As an alternative to porcelain veneers, there are resin veneers. These are made directly on the tooth with careful procedure by Dr. Vargas. Resin veneers can be more susceptible to stains and will require periodic control visits. The advantage of resin veneers is that the procedure will require two initial visits.
Dr. Vargas in any case will provide the best diagnose and recommendation to each case individually.
Veneers are used to change the color of badly-stained teeth and can also reshape broken or damaged teeth to some extent. Veneers are created and applied in a similar manner as are crowns though the tooth preparation is less extensive.