Most of us feel self-conscious in one way or another about our appearance. Often, dental imperfections are the cause of this discomfort. Perhaps you find yourself in the position of being reluctant to smile, or to laugh out loud in social situations. Cracked, discolored or otherwise damaged teeth can have that effect on a person. Fortunately, with modern cosmetic dentistry treatments, there are solutions. One such option could be porcelain dental crowns, but they can be costly. And truthfully, sometimes dental crowns are more than is really needed. Unless you have serious dental imperfections, you may be just as well served with porcelain veneers.
The reason that porcelain veneers are less expensive than dental crowns is because they take less time to install, and also involve less material. Veneers only cover the front of your teeth, whereas crowns are full restorative treatments, covering the entire tooth. Many cosmetic dental issues are just as effectively corrected using porcelain veneers.
First of all, you will come to see Dr. Jack Fong for a consultation. He will be able to help you determine whether porcelain veneers are right for you. He may, depending on the severity of the issue to be treated, recommend that you choose Lumineers for reasons that will soon become apparent.
The process of getting your teeth ready to accept porcelain veneers is simple. Dr. Fong will roughen up the surface of your teeth a bit, and then take impressions of them. This is so that the veneers will bond properly to your teeth. Once the impressions have hardened, we will deliver them to a special laboratory staffed by master ceramists who are highly skilled in creating porcelain dental veneers. When your veneers are ready, you and Dr. Fong will look at them together, and once you are in agreement that the color and shape are as they should be, Dr. Fong will place your veneers on your teeth using a special adhesive.
Lumineers are thinner versions of traditional porcelain veneers. This has both advantages and disadvantages. As to the advantages, Lumineers do not require the same level of preparation. In fact, there is often no need to remove any of your tooth enamel in order to fit them. Lumineers are also easier to remove than ordinary dental veneers, which can be difficult or even impossible to take out once they are in place.
One disadvantage of Lumineers is that they will not offer the same level of correction as typical porcelain veneers. To be sure, they will hide many defects, but serious staining is likely to show through. Most of the time, though, Lumineers are appropriate for people who are considering this cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Care of Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Traditional dental veneers and Lumineers will never decay. This does not mean that you can neglect your oral health, though. There are still living teeth under the veneers, and they can still decay. Also, if you develop gum disease, the strength of your veneers can become compromised. You definitely do not want this to happen, because if it does, your veneers could fail, and as we have just stated, they will not be easy to remove.
If you brush and floss as you should, though, have regular professional cleanings, and see Dr. Fong for regular checkups, your veneers should last you for quite some time.
Would you like to know more about porcelain veneers and Lumineers? Get in touch with Dr. Jack Fong. Our dentist office is conveniently located at 3131 Bell, Suite 207, Amarillo, TX 79106. You can reach us by phone at 807-353-8184. You can also book an appointment by using the form on our appointment page.