Cosmetic dentistry involves improving the appearance and function of your teeth. When it comes to perfecting your smile, dental veneers are the way to go. At Cynthia J. Mikula, DDS, we provide teeth veneers that give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Porcelain veneers can boost your confidence in your smile and help you face the world with pride.
What are porcelain veneers? Can they really revamp your smile? Here are the answers to your most pressing questions about teeth veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers Anyway?
Dental veneers are a kind of shell for your teeth. Dental porcelain veneers correct imperfections in your smile by placing porcelain shells over each tooth.
Unlike some other forms of cosmetic dentistry, veneers don’t require the removal of a bunch of tooth enamel. This preserves the health and comfort of your natural teeth while still enhancing your smile’s appearance.
Since porcelain veneers consist of different materials than your natural tooth enamel, they function differently in your mouth. You don’t have to worry about stains or misshapen teeth anymore!
The Benefits of Getting Porcelain Veneers
You might be wondering, “Why veneers?” After all, there are many other types of cosmetic dentistry available. From teeth whitening to dental crowns, you have options. Porcelain veneers are one of the best tools to correct a worn, broken, or misshapen smile. Here’s why.
You Get a Perfect Smile
Dental porcelain veneers are the definition of perfect teeth. They look really natural, but their texture is different from tooth enamel. This means your veneers won’t be vulnerable to stains, cracks, chips, or misalignment like your real teeth. If you want a red-carpet smile for good, consider porcelain veneers.
Strong and Durable
Your teeth break down your food, including hard, crunchy, and messy snacks. With porcelain veneers, you don’t have to worry about chipping your teeth. They are extremely durable and last for a long time.
Veneers are not as porous as the enamel on your teeth. This means stains cannot easily penetrate the porcelain surface of your teeth with veneers. This is great news for coffee and tea drinkers. These beverages often leave long-lasting yellow and brown stains on your teeth because they penetrate your natural enamel. With porcelain veneers, you can drink all of the caffeinated drinks you want because they won’t stain like your natural teeth!
Even, Aligned Teeth
Many people have crooked, broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. This is nothing to be ashamed of — life happens, and not everyone has access to adequate dental care. However, wanting to correct these problems through cosmetic dentistry is understandable. Porcelain veneers are all shaped and sized appropriately to give you that even, aligned smile you have always wanted.
Veneers may last as long as 25 years. Some other dental fixtures don’t last as long and are more vulnerable to breaks and stains. Porcelain veneers can give you a bright, even smile for decades of your life. When it comes to long-lasting smile correction, porcelain veneers have you covered.
How to Get Porcelain Veneers
The steps of getting porcelain veneers are fairly simple and well worth the results. Every dentist does things slightly differently, but the general process for getting veneers is the same.
Step 1: Reshaping Your Natural Teeth
Your teeth must be the correct size and shape to adhere properly to the porcelain veneers. This means we must trim your natural teeth to make them suitable for your veneers.
We don’t take away much of your natural enamel. We use a special dental tool to remove a thin layer of tooth enamel and prepare your teeth for veneer placement. This process is very tolerable for patients.
Step 2: Getting a Mold of Your Mouth
We will then create a mold based on your mouth and teeth. This will give us the general shape and size for your veneers.
We use a special paste that you bite down on, which then hardens into a dental mold. In some cases, we may use a special camera or 3D modeling tool to get the impressions of your teeth.
Step 3: Temporary Veneer Placements
While we curate the perfect shade and size of your porcelain veneers, we will give you a temporary fixture to place over your teeth. This type of veneer just serves as a placeholder for the final product.
Step 4: Fitting Your Porcelain Veneers
There’s a fitting process involved once we have created the perfect porcelain veneers for your mouth. We place the veneers according to the mold of your mouth. Then we assess the comfort and fit of the veneers by asking you questions and evaluating your mouth. There are usually some necessary adjustments, like trimming and reshaping, to make your veneers perfect for you.
Step 5: Bonding the Veneers to Your Teeth
Once your porcelain veneers look and feel perfect, we bond them to your teeth individually. We use a special gel-like substance to prepare your tooth enamel for bonding. Then we place each veneer and use a blue light to bond them to your teeth. The bonding process is permanent, and you will never have to remove your veneers until it’s time to replace them.
Rejuvenate Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers: Cynthia J. Mikula, DDS
Porcelain veneers provide a transformational solution for those who desire a stunning, flawless smile. Besides their aesthetic appeal, these veneers offer durability, stain resistance, and longevity that can last up to 25 years. At Cynthia J. Mikula, DDS, we’re committed to making the journey toward your dream smile a pleasant one. From the initial consultation to the bonding of your bespoke veneers, we ensure that you receive individual attention and care.
Rediscover the joy of smiling with us. Contact us today to book your appointment!