What are Porcelain Veneers?

Have you ever watched the Oscars? Every year stars walk down the red carpet in fabulous clothing as flashes from countless cameras cast light on not only their faces, but many of their flawless smiles. Ever wondered why it seems so many Hollywood stars have perfect smiles? In many cases, porcelain veneers are the answer. Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain shells which are placed seamlessly over teeth. They are capable of restoring smiles that have visible cracks, gaps, chips or discoloring into a brilliant and natural looking ones in very little time. Best of all, they are available to you in Florence, SC.

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Porcelain Veneers; The Facts

So what exactly is a porcelain veneer? In short, a porcelain veneer is a shell of porcelain that is placed in front of a tooth. These shells are used to cover up various esthetic flaws that may cause a person to be otherwise self-conscious about their smile. Veneers are adhered to teeth with dental cement and are available so single or multi-tooth restorations.

Veneers are most often times used to cover up chips and cracks in a patient’s teeth. By having a veneer placed over a break in a tooth, you are adding to the tooth’s strength and protecting the sensitive nerves which lie within teeth. However, they can do much more. Porcelain veneers are capable of correcting severe decolorization of teeth and even large gaps. On top of all this, veneers have the ability to last for years as long as proper oral hygiene is kept up in the recipient’s mouth.

One of the best benefits of veneers is the speedy nature of the procedure. Believe it or not, you can have a brilliant, flawless smile in just two office visits to the Advanced Dental Center of Florence. Any imperfections in your smile can be fixed in no time at all. By the time the short porcelain veneer procedure is finished, you will be smiling with more confidence than you ever have before.

What is the Porcelain Veneer Process?

The porcelain veneer process is actually quite simple. The speed with which your smile will be transformed is always a pleasant surprise for patients here at the Advanced Dental Center of Florence.

During the first office visit, one of our skilled dentists will gently remove a small layer of enamel from your natural tooth or teeth. This is done to that once the porcelain veneer is placed it will fit seamlessly and snug across the tooth to which it is adhered and the gum line. During this process, a small amount of local anesthetic will be administered to your gums, ensuring you are as comfortable as possible during the very short procedure. after this, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to our dental laboratory where dental technicians will create your custom porcelain veneers. The dental technicians use your natural tooth color to help them create the veneers so the ending result will look flawless, yet still natural. These veneers will take about two weeks to make. During this short waiting period, some patients are fitted with temporary veneers to help protect their teeth while eating and drinking. However, your dentist will decide if this step is necessary for you depending upon the type of veneer you receive.

Once the time for your second visit arrives, your dentist will check your teeth to make sure the veneers fit and make any necessary adjustments which might be needed to them. Your teeth will then be treated and etched upon. These tiny etched allow a better bonding surface for the veneer. Finally, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth using a light sensitive dental cement which hardens when a curing light is placed over them. This allows the veneers longevity and a firm grip to teeth that can last through many happy years of smiling. It’s that simple.

Are You Ready for Your Red Carpet Smile?

Are you tired of seeing chips and cracks in your teeth? Are you ready to see the gaps in your teeth filled? If you are ready to smile with a level of confidence you’ve never had before, then porcelain veneers are the answer for you. Our staff here at the Advanced Dental Center of Florence would love to hear from you. We will happily help you set up an appointment for your porcelain veneer consultation. The smile of your dreams could be just around the corner. Why wait? Call us today. We can be reached Monday through Friday at (843) 629-8000.