Do you have flaws in your smile and desire to fix them? Are you tired of not feeling as confident as you’d like to? If so, then your cosmetic dentist in Greensboro says there’s a way to achieve smile perfection with porcelain veneers. But you’re wondering, “Are they comfortable?” You also want to know how to care for them. These and other questions will be answered as you continue reading.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are custom-made to fit the shape and color of your teeth, as well as the contour of your face. The process begins with your dentist shaving off a thin layer of your enamel (the outer portion of your teeth) and then taking bite impressions that will be sent off to a trusted lab to fabricate your permanent veneers. Meanwhile, you’ll be fitted with a temporary set of shells.
While wearing them, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Although your interim shells will insulate your teeth, they will still be a little sensitive to pressure, heat and especially, cold beverages. You can use a straw when drinking to prevent any discomfort.
- It’s also important to remember to abstain from eating really hard items like certain nuts, popcorn kernels or ice. This could cause your temporary veneers to dislodge.
After your permanent shells are ready, you’ll return to your dentist’s office to be fitted, leaving with a perfected smile!
What Should You Expect After Your Permanent Veneers are Placed?
After your permanent custom-made shells are placed, there should be no discomfort because your teeth will be protected against sensitivity.
To ensure the longevity of your veneers, here are some tips to remember:
- Avoid Foods and Drinks that Stain – Try to avoid foods and beverages that will stain your teeth. This is for the sake of your other ivories, as veneers are resistant to staining. Your other teeth aren’t, though. Thus, consuming foods like mustard or beverages like wine can stain your natural teeth and cause a glaring difference between them and your veneers.
- Immediate Cleaning – One way to prevent staining, though, is to rinse and brush your teeth immediately after a meal to remove any stains before they can settle. This is also vital for your oral hygiene and the prevention of bacteria accumulation.
- Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools – As tempting as it may be at times, avoid using your teeth to open packages or bottles. This can not only damage your veneers but can also lead to a dental emergency.
- Visit Your Dentist – It’s very important that you maintain regular visits with your dentist for cleanings and checkups to ensure that your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy. These visits will also allow your dentist to make sure that your porcelain veneers in Greensboro are still in good condition.
With porcelain veneers, you won’t have to compromise comfort to achieve the smile of your dreams. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy the aesthetic improvement, perfect fit and confidence that your thin shells will bring for years to come!
About the Author
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Dr. David Fisher has been fascinated with dental care since his teenage years. He stays abreast of the latest changes and advancements in the world of dentistry by maintaining several professional memberships. Dr. Fisher can be reached for more information through his website.