Very few of us were born with a perfect set of teeth, which is why veneers made of dental porcelain are so popular. This is like the porcelain of vases, but much stronger and more durable, and it has the same translucency as teeth. Thin slices of it can be placed over the front of teeth that are in some way flawed and friends might just think you’ve been more diligent about brushing and whitening to get that gleaming new look.
To find out whether veneers are right for you requires a full dental exam by Dr. Marine. So what type of conditions can be corrected by porcelain veneers? The most common issue is for teeth that have been chipped or cracked in the front, but not so badly that they need a crown or cap to hold them together.
Or your permanent teeth may have come in crooked, with gaps between them, misshapen, or too small (or even appear too long or too big, by increasing the appearance of the neighboring ones with veneers). Pacific Dental Care works with a top dental lab to create customized veneers that match the exact shade of teeth that are not having them applied so all your teeth look just as natural.
Or you may have ground them down due to tension in the mouth while you sleep and may not even be aware of this until you have a dental exam. Dr. Marine can fit veneers or crowns over the affected teeth as appropriate and provide a personalized mouthguard to wear when you sleep to avoid further damage.
Another condition that causes many people to come to us for correction is deep staining from food and beverages, smoking (anything), some medications, and even excessive fluoride and discoloring mouthwashes. These will often not respond adequately to over-the-counter or even professional whitening. Veneers are very resistant to discoloring, but it is still wise to brush or drink some water after consuming dark beverages or foods.
If it is decided that veneers would give you a new gleaming smile and even more self-confidence, Dr. Marine would utilize No-Prep Veneers, which are very thin and require little of the front of the teeth to be shaved off compared with traditional ones. This is done primarily to keep them from seeming too bulky and unnatural, but also helps them to bond to the teeth.
Once placed, porcelain veneers may last 10-15 years, depending on how well you care for them. These are very strong, but can be damaged or If you tend to chew on pens or pencils, open packages with your teeth, or use them to take off clothing.
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