Bristol Porcelain Veneers
Signature Smiles Dental is your trusted and experienced Bristol porcelain veneer dental office. If you’re wanting to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry or looking to repair a chipped tooth, then veneers may be a good treatment option. Both composite and porcelain veneers are good for correcting minor cosmetic issues with your smile. Composite veneers are typically completed chairside in one visit. These can give a great new look to any smile but are typically a quicker fix with less longevity as composite veneers tend to last only a few years.
With porcelain veneers, you’re receiving “state of the art” treatment and a long lasting smile restoration. The lifespan of porcelain veneers can last 7-10 years or even longer with proper oral hygiene and care. The difference between composite and porcelain means an extra visit or two to the office, as a lab technician is responsible for the creation of the veneer. Initial visit(s) to our dental office consist of a consultation to make sure that veneers are the best course of action, and then possible imaging to make sure you are getting the look you want. The outer front of the tooth would then be prepped for impressions and the doctor would perform some shade matching. We then send the impressions off to the lab for fabrication. Your final visit to our office would consist of fitting and securing the veneer in place.
The Dental Veneer Procedure
Dental or porcelain veneers are generally reserved for the teeth in the front of the mouth (due to obvious aesthetic reasons). An extremely thin layer is usually removed from the enamel of the tooth so that when the veneers are fully in place, they will line up flush with the rest of your teeth. Once this step is complete, your dentist will take impressions immediately and place a temporary over the teeth for protection.
At this point shading (color) of the veneers can be picked out and agreed upon before impressions are sent to the lab for veneer fabrication. The fabrication process takes approximately 2 weeks to receive the permanent veneers. Once the dentist receives these back from the lab, you will be ready for your next visit and delivery of your permanent veneers. The temporaries are removed, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned before applying the adhesive cement and finally your permanent veneers are placed.
Minimal Prep Vs. "No-Prep" Veneers
The thin layer of enamel that is typically removed in preparation of veneers is typically referred to as minimal prep, as the tooth will need to be slightly adjusted for the veneer. Most applications will involve some sort of preparation, especially when there is a slight misalignment, chipping or cracking of the tooth. “No-prep” veneers can sometimes be used to fill slight gaps or spaces between teeth, but all treatments will be established on a case by case basis.
BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN VENEERS
- Porcelain is a very hard & solid material resistant to cracking & breakage
- Color matching and shading is easily matched to surrounding teeth or lightened for aesthetics
- Can last about 10x longer than composite veneers
- More resistant to stains than composites
Frequently Asked Questions:
The length of the procedure varies by how many veneers are being placed; 1, 2, 4, 6, 8. The procedure takes place over two office visits and the fabrication process takes about 2 weeks in between the first and second visit. Once you have decided how many veneers you will be getting, your dentist can give you a more accurate procedure time.
Absolutely! The material in veneers is crafted to recreate the color, texture and translucence of natural tooth enamel. Great care is also taken to fit the veneer over the existing tooth so that they match and align perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
Composite can last for a couple of years but porcelain veneers generally tend to last between 7-10 years, however it is not uncommon to find patients with 15-20 year old veneers that still look great. When properly cared for with good oral hygiene, they can last a very long time.