Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct:
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are stained
- Badly shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
What do Porcelain Veneers Look Like?
One of the biggest concerns people have about porcelain veneers is wondering if they will look like natural teeth. People in the Chicago area seek Dr. Khanna’s expertise for natural looking porcelain veneers. Our goal is to deliver restorations that are undetectable, meaning they not only look like natural teeth, but they feel like natural teeth.
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Dr. Khanna will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
About the Porcelain Veneer Procedure
There are usually three steps to porcelain veneer treatment:
Diagnosis and treatment planning
This involves a consultation and examination with Dr. Khanna. He will discuss your goals and concerns and outline a personalized treatment plan. In many cases, Dr. Khanna will use digital imaging and 3-D models to show you what your treatment will look like before he begins.
The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia.
Then a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. In some cases, a temporary veneer will be placed at this time. The permanent veneer should be ready in approximately one to two weeks.
At the time of your third appointment, Dr. Khanna will first place the veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check the fit and color. At this point, the color of the veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the cement used to adhere it. Once the color is determined and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleaned with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Special cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the cement. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by doing so. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneer.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneer. This is due to the amount of enamel left on the tooth after preparation. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate in one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists, please call the office at 630-845-1088.
If you clench or grind your teeth, Dr. Khanna may recommend a nightguard for you to wear to minimize the stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep and prevent damage to your dental veneers.