Porcelain Veneers: Easy, Long Lasting
Porcelain Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to your tooth. Veneers are used to correct a number of problems, like:
- tooth discoloration
- chipped tooth
- fractured tooth
- misshapen tooth
- misaligned tooth
- tooth receding from gums
Veneers last anywhere from 10-30 years. Like natural teeth, veneers are susceptible to:
- damage from injury
- tooth grinding
- shrinkage of gum line with aging
- discoloration from diet or medications
Veneers are easy to reattach or replace and are cared for in the same way that you care for your natural teeth.
A Short History
The first “talkie” movie to come out of Hollywood was “The Jazz Singer” in 1927. When actors began speaking, they no longer had the luxury of keeping their mouths closed if their teeth were not looking as glamorous as the rest of them. In 1928, Dr. Charles Pincus, a dentist in California, came up with a way of temporarily bonding veneers to actors’ teeth for a film shoot.
In 1937, Dr. Pincus presented a paper on his research to the California Dental Association called, “Building Mouth Personality.” Dr. Pincus’ first veneers were very temporary, since the bond he used did not adhere very well. With more research, today’s veneers look and feel like natural teeth and adhere for many years.
How Veneers are Placed
Placing veneers takes several visits and is a cooperative effort between you and Dr. Holz, to ensure that you get the results you want. Dr. Holz will discuss your goals and the results you expect, so that he can make an assessment of your teeth and let you know if your expectations are realistic. Together, you decide what will look best, feel good and meet your expectations.
After your initial assessment, and you’re ready to proceed, a thin layer of tooth (about 1/2 millimeter of enamel, about the same thickness of the veneer itself) is removed from the tooth, so that the veneer will bond strongly to the tooth.
A model, or impression, of your teeth is made and sent to the dental laboratory, where your veneer will be constructed. Before your veneer is permanently bonded to your tooth, Dr. Holz will put it in place temporarily, to make sure the color and fit are perfect.
Once you and Dr. Holz are satisfied with the fit and look of your veneer, he will cement it permanently, using a special light beam that creates a strong bond. A follow-up visit, a couple of weeks after placement, may be recommended, just to make sure that the veneer looks and feels good.
Placing Porcelain Veneers is a very personal decision, that’s easier to make when you discuss your expectations with Dr. Holz. Dr. Holz believes that you should have the freedom to decide what treatments are best for you and that fine dentistry means listening to and understanding your needs and concerns.
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