Thanksgiving is when many people see family and friends for the first time in a while. Make an outstanding impression with a beautiful smile enhanced with porcelain veneers. There are several advantages to veneers to make them a preferred option for numerous patients.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are adhered to the surface of damaged, cracked or significantly stained teeth. To adhere adequately, a small part of the enamel needs to be removed. The veneer itself is then cemented into place. It typically takes two visits to the prosthodontist to complete the procedure.
The thickness of a veneer is generally anywhere between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters. This is why part of the enamel needs to be removed. It prevents the veneer from bulging past the other teeth. Since it is such a small amount, the overall integrity of the tooth remain largely intact.
Porcelain veneers typically last for around 10 years. However, they can last much longer with adequate maintenance. To protect veneers, patients should avoid biting down on anything excessively hard, including ice cubes, pens and fingernails.
Porcelain is the standard material to use for veneers because it resembles natural enamel incredibly. This is due to the fact porcelain is able to reflect light similarly to enamel. However, there is one key difference worth nothing. Porcelain is non-porous, which means it does not stain as easily as other materials. Therefore, you will not have to worry about your porcelain veneers staining over the years.
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There are many ways for patients to get the smile they have always dreamed about. The office of Dr. Kathryn E. Ryan offers various treatments, including veneers, to help people from all backgrounds. Contact our prosthodontist today to schedule a time to come in, and we will review your smile to see what treatment is best for your needs.