Veneers can close gaps in your smile and straighten crooked teeth, similar to braces. However, where braces might take a year or more, veneers can achieve the results in less than a month. That’s why they’re sometimes called “instant orthodontics.”
When you chip or wear down a tooth or teeth, there are many options for repair. Sometimes dental bonding is used, which is inexpensive and fast. Veneers, however, give the most attractive results that can last several times longer than bonding.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that are bonded to your teeth. They always cover the front of the tooth, and sometimes they extend up and over the top of the tooth. Veneers can cover most of a tooth, but unlike a crown, they don’t cover the entire visible surface.
Veneers used to be made of porcelain, which is why they are sometimes called porcelain veneers. The first veneers were very fragile, but now veneers are made of advanced ceramics that are many times stronger than your natural tooth enamel. They are not completely immune to damage, but they are very fracture-resistant, and most people will have them for ten years with no trouble. Most veneers in fact last for twenty years without breaking or coming off.
What is the Typical Length of Time Needed to Place Veneers, Start to Finish?
Porcelain veneers take about two weeks to complete the entire procedure. During your first visit, we will take impressions and discuss what you want your results to look like. If your veneers are going to be whiter than your current tooth color, we might need to give you a whitening treatment during this appointment too so that your veneers match the rest of your teeth. After we whiten your teeth, we will place the temporary veneers. Once your permanent veneers return from the dental lab, we will bond them to your teeth. The office will always put them on first to see if the patient loves how they look and only once the patient approves them will they cement them on.
What Should Patients Expect Post-Procedure?
After we place your veneers, you will need to make a few follow up appointments so we can adjust your bite until it’s correct. This will improve the fit and ensure the best results possible.
Do Patients Typically Experience Pain with Veneers?
You might feel a little sore for 3 to 4 days after getting your veneers placed but over the counter pain relievers will help.
Smile Makeovers in Spokane Valley
Veneers can completely transform your smile, or work on just a single tooth. To learn what they can do for your smile, please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a Spokane Valley cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.