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Shining Bright, A Good Bite Is Key For Porcelain Veneers

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Shining Bright, A Good Bite Is Key For Porcelain Veneers
August 09
10:32 2016

You are certainly not alone if you have never felt quite right about your teeth and smile. It seems everyone else has either flawless smiles or great teeth, whereas you tend to be apprehensive when you smile, especially when your picture is about to be taken. If only your teeth could look how you envision or want them to be: the right size, colour and shape. Are you unhappy with so many things about your teeth that it’s hard to know where to even start?

One option that has many positives are veneers, which are slender porcelain shells, similar to false finger nails, that are applied to the front surface of your teeth, providing a flawless visual exterior and pleasing esthetic result.

Veneers are a multipurpose dental revitalization application, which can address various dilemmas, such as gapped, crooked, discoloured, chipped, damaged and undersized teeth. They are usually crafted from a composite resin or porcelain, with porcelain being much stronger, more robust and longer lasting than composite resin.

In order to have porcelain veneers properly inserted, two appointments are generally required with a board certified and experienced cosmetic dentist. Usually done under a local anaesthetic, a slim layer of enamel will be removed from your teeth in order to accommodate the veneers, and a mold of your teeth will then be made. The dental lab will then design and fabricate the veneers. The finalized veneers might not be completed during your first visit (unless your dentist utilises CAD/CAM dentistry, which allows preparation, imaging design, milling and insertion of the veneers in one visit), so your dentist may provide you with temporary veneers until your permanent porcelain veneers are completed. Patients must be informed, however, that interim veneers are exceptionally delicate and require sufficient care and cleaning, otherwise they can become loose.

Shining Bright, A Good Bite Is Key For Porcelain Veneers

Shining Bright, A Good Bite Is Key For Porcelain Veneers

With your second visit, the provisional veneers will be removed and a weak chemical substance will be applied to your teeth, so your porcelain veneers can be effectively bonded without any difficulties. Finally, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth individually, employing a multifactorial dental adhesive system. People should always ask to see their veneers first before having them bonded. A diagnostic wax up is an excellent way for you to preview what the final veneers will look like. It will be an additional expense and require another appointment, but it is well worth it.

“The candidate must have a ‘good bite’,” explained Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko, an Edmonton-based cosmetic dentist who practices at Focus on Smiles. “Correcting the bite is often an essential step in the treatment plan to ensure good function and durability of any cosmetic treatment. You wouldn’t put new tires on a car where the wheel alignment was off. Similarly, you don’t want a new smile with poor function.”

According to Dr. Fialka-Eshenko, improving your appearance helps to boost your confidence and self-esteem, so it has a positive effect on your overall well-being. If porcelain veneers are applied by a board certified and experienced cosmetic dentist, they can last for many years and significantly improve your smile and especially the shape, size, position and colour of your teeth, while preserving their natural configuration and sealing any spaces.

Veneers are considered a conservative treatment, as they don’t require major tooth preparation, which is usually needed during the application of dental crowns. Also, they are easy to clean and provide an excellent appearance approaching the gum line, creating “a contact lens effect”. Veneers also last longer than dental bonding.

“The main advantages are more likely to be esthetic and cosmetic, for people who want to improve their esthetics,” explained Dr. Alex Pavlenko, another Edmonton based cosmetic dentist who practices at the Sana Dental clinic. “So basically, it’s the best way to cease an esthetic problem in a very short period of time. So, you can improve structure, colour and shape.”

Shining Bright, A Good Bite Is Key For Porcelain Veneers

Shining Bright, A Good Bite Is Key For Porcelain Veneers

Those who are considering porcelain veneers should certainly be aware that there are some disadvantages. They are a sound restoration once placed, but once they are inserted, it is extremely difficult to detach porcelain veneers. Also, if they chip or break, they cannot be mended and will have to be entirely removed and replaced.

In addition, Dr. Fialka-Eshenko observed other disadvantages. “Two appointments are needed after the diagnosis and treatment planning sessions. Since usually some tooth preparation is involved, an anesthetic is needed. Like many things, they don’t last forever.”

If a person grinds or clenches their teeth, or has diseased or decaying teeth, additional treatments are necessary before veneers are placed. According to Dr. Fialka-Eshenko, if the decay is not large, it can be removed and the missing part of the tooth is rebuilt with the veneer. If people grind and clench their teeth, a night guard is recommended to prevent nighttime grinding.

Finally, if you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, whiten them prior to veneer placement and then match the veneers to the color of your natural teeth.

Furthermore, Dr. Fialka-Eshenko addressed additional elements, which might make an individual a poor candidate for porcelain veneers.

“Someone who doesn’t understand the limitations,” she continued. “When there are large fillings already present on the front teeth, crowns may be more appropriate or when there is a bad bite and function doesn’t allow conservative preparation.”

Porcelain veneers can provide an excellent and pleasing esthetic result when inserted by a board certified and experienced cosmetic dentist. Since every situation is different, a full consultation, including radiographs, assessment of gum health and bite, intraoral photographs, study models and a diagnostic wax-up with a cosmetic dentist is crucial in order to assess if porcelain veneers are suitable for you and can fully meet your goals.

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