What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a simple and sure way to revive your smile and strengthen your teeth. They are a type of dental veneer that is wafer-thin. A dental veneer is a laminate that a dentist places over the front and sides of your teeth. A cosmetic dentist can place composite resin veneers or porcelain veneers.
Our veneers are custom-made to match the look of your surrounding teeth and fit perfectly in place. Veneers mostly correct damaged teeth and cosmetic issues, such as the following:
- Stained teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Cosmetic flaws
- Broken teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Misaligned/uneven teeth
Porcelain veneers are a handy option for many cosmetic and restorative dental needs. Our team at Henrich Dental will work with you to see if ultra thin porcelain veneers are for you. We will give you the beautiful smile you are looking for.
Dr. Henrich uses the highest quality materials to make our dental veneers. We ensure that they will look natural and function well for years to come. Continue reading to learn more about how porcelain veneers can help your oral health.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to transform your smile, whether it be a minor change or a complete smile makeover. We use only the highest quality of materials to craft veneers that will meet your unique needs. Our porcelain veneers near you are thin shells of high-quality porcelain. Dr. Henrich will discuss your cosmetic goals and develop a smile makeover plan that is right for you.
There are several benefits you get when you choose porcelain veneers over composite veneers. If veneers are the best treatment for you, you can look forward to these following key benefits:
- Natural looking smile
- Veneers are completely customizable
- They can improve your self-confidence
- Achieve a whiter, brighter smile
- Porcelain veneers are resistant to certain types of stains
Visit our Tulsa dental office for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Henrich. He will gladly discuss if porcelain veneers are right for your smile. He will also discuss other cosmetic dental services that can be beneficial for you if you don’t qualify for our veneers.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The porcelain veneer procedure is simple. In most cases, receiving affordable porcelain veneers will require at most two visits to our cosmetic dentistry in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During your first appointment, we will remove a thin layer of natural tooth enamel from the surface of your tooth. This will allow us to use a ceramic bond to attach the porcelain veneer to the tooth structure. The amount of enamel we remove is minimal and doesn’t change the feel of your teeth.
Then, our dentist in Tulsa will take measurements and use them to create your one-of-a-kind veneer. The creation process can take about two weeks. You will wear temporary veneers during this time.
After we have the final product ready, we will call you back for a second appointment. During this second visit, Dr. Henrich will adhere your new veneers to your teeth using a small amount of dental cement. This is a painless process that does not require local anesthesia.
In some cases, the results can last up to 20 years! This is a very effective choice to correct many different cosmetic or functional flaws. Proper care for your porcelain veneers looks just like maintaining your natural teeth. It is important to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine and schedule biannual visits to the dentist.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?
There are several dental procedures that can correct a chipped, cracked, and damaged tooth. But porcelain veneers are often the right choice. They can help strengthen your teeth and balance your smile while covering up many distinct flaws. Porcelain is a non-porous substance, so it’s stain resistant and reflects light just like your real teeth.
We can set up a one-on-one consultation to get to know you and decide if this is the right treatment for you. Visit our Tulsa dentist office to see if porcelain veneers are right for you.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Can dentists whiten veneers?
Dentists do not use professional teeth whitening solutions on veneers. The typical treatment does not work on porcelain, therefore it will not have an effect on the whiteness of your veneers. Dentists can whiten them and adjust their color to match your teeth before applying them. However, once the dentist installs them, they cannot change their color.
Will dental veneers raise my risk of developing cavities or tooth decay?
Dental veneers do not cause or increase your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay. When a dentist installs the veneers, they will protect and replace any exposed or unprotected parts of the tooth enamel. Proper brushing and flossing will ensure that your veneers and teeth under them remain in good condition.
Do porcelain veneers have any impact on my diet?
With porcelain veneers you can eat any food that you choose. However, your diet does have a direct impact on the life of your new teeth. You should be careful not to eat particularly hard or sticky foods the first few days after your procedure. Also avoid opening things with your mouth and teeth with veneers on.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Yes and no. Veneers permanently adhere to the front of your natural teeth. However, they aren’t necessarily permanent in nature.
You will eventually need to replace them with new veneers. But they can last for decades as long as you properly maintain them! Some patients may never need to replace them at all.
Rarely will veneers fall off on their own. However, a broken porcelain veneer is unrepairable. So your dentist will need to completely replace the damaged veneer.
Do porcelain veneers ruin your teeth?
Veneers do not hurt or ruin your real teeth. The material that a dentist uses to bond them to your teeth is not harmful to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers do not consist of enamel like real teeth. Meaning that they will not stain as your natural teeth would.
They are also tough, making them more resistant to damage than your natural teeth. All that goes to say that, no, veneers do not ruin your real teeth! They are more resistant to damage and staining than natural teeth are.
What are the disadvantages of porcelain veneers?
Like all things, veneers are not perfect. Some disadvantages to getting porcelain veneers include the following:
- Dental veneers tend to be expensive. We provide financing options to help our patients with the cost of porcelain veneers.
- No room for error. Your dentist can not repair chipped or damaged veneers. He will have to replace them.
- Once they’re on, you can’t remove them unless it’s to replace them or in a dental emergency.
- Your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold during the first few weeks.
- Veneers are not good for patients who grind or clench their teeth.
- Despite having veneers protecting your teeth, you can still get tooth decay.
At Henrich Dental, we focus on serving cosmetic dental services and restorative procedures that provide the results that you want. Dr. Henrich has the expertise and knowhow to provide quick and effective porcelain veneers. Request an appointment online, or give us a call to schedule a consultation and your next dental exam.