For decades, porcelain veneers have been the material of choice for creating the perfect Hollywood smile. Porcelain veneers are used to correct stained, badly aligned or poorly spaced teeth, giving you a celebrity-style smile.
But have you ever wondered how porcelain veneers are applied? Before you fix that appointment with your dentist, you should be up to date on what to expect. Here are steps which are usually involved in the application of porcelain veneers.
The Consultation for Porcelain Veneers
An initial appointment will be fixed with your dentist for consultations before deciding whether porcelain veneers are right for you and then the precise kind of porcelain veneers to use. Your dentist will also check your overall dental health and correct any anomalies found.
You will then discuss with the dentist the kind of teeth and smile you want to have. This is usually decided based on your choice of the shape, width, length, and color of teeth that is most suitable for you.
The Application of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth permanently. The procedure usually takes place over a period of 6-weeks and about 2 visits to the dentist. After consulting with your dentist and deciding on the color, shape, and size of porcelain veneer most appropriate for you, your teeth surfaces are then prepared to ensure the veneer attaches properly.
An impression of your teeth is made which is used to form the veneer. The dentist then attaches them to your teeth with special bonding materials.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers After Application
Apart from being very durable, porcelain veneers are just as easy to clean as your natural teeth. The same teeth care routine should be followed by a pearly white smile that will last for a long time.
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge is a great option for restoring your smile. The most common type of bridge consists of three parts, two crowns that are attached to adjacent teeth (called abutments) with an artificial tooth (pontic) suspended in between. Advances in dental materials have helped dentists create bridges that are both natural-looking and durable. With proper hygiene and care, dental bridges can last ten years or more. If you are considering dental bridges as a solution for your smile, here are four reasons to choose this type of dental restoration.
- Restore the appearance of your smile. The first reason is probably the most obvious one and the goal of any dental restoration. It can be difficult living with missing teeth, as it can affect your self-confidence. You might spend a lot of time and energy trying to hide or disguise your missing teeth, but a dental bridge can spare you that by restoring your smile and confidence.
- Restore function. Of course, missing teeth don’t just affect your appearance, but the function of your teeth as well. Depending on where the gap is located, you may not be able to enjoy certain foods anymore, either because it’s too difficult to chew or hurts to chew it. A dental bridge can help to allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
- Maintain the shape of your face. Even one missing tooth can affect the shape of your face by giving it a sunken appearance. Replacing the tooth fills your face out again, which can give you a more youthful appearance.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting. Your teeth are always moving slightly, but they help keep each other in place. When you have a gap in your teeth, the remaining teeth will try to drift gradually into that empty space.
If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a dental bridge.
Some things that we will be discussing may be very loosely defined as “emergencies.” However, some of these things really are an emergency and must be addressed right away, or serious troubles can be developed.
Cut, or Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek
This is one of those things that maybe our children will think is a serious emergency, but when it comes to their overall health, is something that can be dealt with quickly and will heal very soon. However, at the moment, it may very well feel like an emergency to everyone involved.
If you or your child have a cut lip, tongue, or cheek and it is bleeding, it can become serious depending on the severity. Apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze. You should also apply ice to any bruised area. If the bleeding cannot be controlled within about 20 minutes using simple pressure, then the case may very well be serious, and you should seek medical attention promptly.
Knocked out, or Broken Permanent Tooth
This situation is not life-threatening, but when it comes to the future of your smile, it is indeed an emergency, and prompt action must be taken. You may wash the tooth, but do not handle it unnecessarily and do not handle it by the root portion. Try to put the tooth back into place and hold it there using a clean cloth or gauze. If it is not possible to put the tooth back into place, then you can carry it in a jar of milk or water. You must see the dentist right away; a tooth can still be saved if you rush to the dentist sooner rather than later.
If the tooth is chipped or broken, rinse any dirt off of the broken fragments and apply a cold compress to the injured area. Time is of the essence in this situation as well. Hurrying to the dentist can mean saving your tooth.