How do I care for my Porcelain veneers in Knoxville, TN?
At Sequoyah Dental Arts, Drs. Pablo Foncea and Mariko McCall provide a variety of cosmetic treatments for patients to consider when it comes to restoring the beauty of their smiles. With cosmetic dentistry, patients have a lot of options for covering imperfections and improving their appearance. Many of our patients who care about achieving a more beautiful smile often consider the advantages of porcelain veneers with our Knoxville, TN team.
Porcelain veneers explained
Men and women who are seeking a solution to imperfections in their smiles that are long-lasting, natural-looking, and require little special care are often told to consider the advantages of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, or dental veneers, are cosmetic treatments that function as facings bonded over the front of anterior teeth. These facings cover problem areas including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Teeth that are permanently stained
- Misaligned teeth
Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most men and women are appropriate candidates for porcelain veneers. We encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with our team of professionals at Sequoyah Dental Arts to assess the smile and determine if porcelain veneers are the best solution for their specific needs. There are alternatives that patients may want to think about as well, including porcelain crowns and composite resin bonding. Determining the best option for an individual is done during this initial evaluation with our dental staff.
What is done during the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers?
After the consultation appointment, once patients have decided to move forward with porcelain veneers, preparations are made. This requires the front of the teeth to be filed down just enough to avoid adding bulk to the teeth after the placement of the veneers. Impressions are made of the prepared teeth and are sent out to a dental laboratory where the veneers are fabricated. They are made to match the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth to ensure they look as natural as possible. Porcelain veneers are then bonded in place and patients can leave the office with a beautiful smile!
How long does the process take?
Typically, from consultation to bonding of the new restorations, the entire process takes approximately two weeks. However, while patients wait for their final restorations, our team can place temporary veneers in the meantime for cosmetic purposes. This also protects the teeth that may be susceptible to damage once they have been prepared for veneers.
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How do I care for my porcelain veneers?
Because porcelain veneers are facings, they cover only the front of the natural tooth structure. This means that the tooth is still susceptible to dental decay and periodontal disease. It is important for patients to take great care in cleaning and flossing their teeth as they normally would. Routine dental appointments are important as well. This is because a dentist can monitor oral health over time and keep the smile clean. Checking for areas of decay or signs of periodontal disease can be done every six months to ensure optimum health.
Are porcelain veneers worth it?
With proper care, patients with porcelain veneers will be able to enjoy them for many, many years. Most patients who take care of their restorations can expect their veneers to last ten years or longer. Patients who have changes in the color of their smile, such as those due to professional teeth whitening, may want to consider having their porcelain veneers replaced to match their new look. This will be discussed as a possible cost when patients choose to move forward with dental whitening when they have restorations such as these in place.
Schedule a visit to speak with a professional about the benefits of porcelain veneers
Book an appointment with the team at Sequoyah Dental Arts to learn more about the minimal care required to extend the life of porcelain veneers, and to discuss the advantages of this and other cosmetic restorations available from Drs. Pablo Foncea and Mariko McCall. Contact the office at 2719 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, TN to schedule an appointment by calling 865 973-9899.