veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing
and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction (
approximately .5 mm ) and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration
than a crown. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape,
size and color. They are not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities
but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.
facts you might want to know about Porcelain Veneers
of Your New Porcelain Veneers :
Since they require approximately
.5mm of tooth reduction, porcelain veneers are NOT considered a reversible
form of treatment.
Occasionally the preparation
of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer does not necessitate the use of a local
anesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive
or anxious, a local anesthetic is advisable.
The laboratory time required
for the fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer is approximately one
week. Due to the minimal amount of tooth reduction, it is usually not necessary
to fabricate any type of temporary restoration. Should a temporary be needed,
they can, in most circumstances, be made at the time of treatment.
Between your preparation
visit and the insertion visit, you can expect some sensitivity to hot and
cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the
enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the
placement of your Porcelain Laminate Veneer.
Your second visit, the
insertion of your laminate, can be accomplished, once again , with or without
local anesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length. The laminates
are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a white
Once placed your laminates
are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by
a normal diet. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile strength.
Therefore, you should avoid anything that will tend to twist the laminate.
Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or jelly apples
is probably not a good idea. As with most things, common sense should prevail.
The maintenance of
your Porcelain Laminate Veneer is relatively simple. A few suggestions,
however, are in order:
Approximately one week
after the placement of your laminates you will be asked to return to the
office for a treatment evaluation. This visit is extremely important. It
gives your dentist the opportunity to evaluate the placement of the laminates,
the tissue response and to answer any questions you might have regarding
your new smile.
brush and floss as you normally would to prevent oral hygiene problems.
Once placed, Porcelain Laminate Veneers are typically the kindest restoration
to the gum tissues that we currently have in our prosthetic armamentarium.
Do not be afraid that you will damage your laminates by either flossing
or brushing. Any non-abrasive tooth paste is acceptable. A good home care
regimen will insure the esthetic success of your laminate restorations
for years to come.
Some sensitivity to hot
and cold may be experienced after the placement of your veneers. This relates
to the amount of enamel left on your tooth after preparation, the proximity
of the nerve as well as several other factors. Some sensitivity is absolutely
normal and usually dissipates after one-two weeks. If this sensitivity
should remain or concern you at all, please call your dentist.
As mentioned before,
a normal diet should pose no problem at all. Please avoid anything that
will tend to bend or twist the laminates.
If you are known to be
a bruxer or clencher, please let your dentist know. He/she will fabricate
a soft nite guard for you to wear to minimize the stresses placed upon
your teeth while you sleep.
We hope that your
Porcelain Laminate Veneers have fulfilled all of your esthetic goals. With
proper home care and scheduled evaluation visits, they can provide you
with a beautiful smile for years to come.
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