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LUMINEERS VENEER  versus TRADITIONAL PORCELAIN VENEER IN MELBOURNE – PROS AND CONS

 

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are ultra-thin, (approximately 0.2 mm) custom-made shells that are translucent, making them look very close to the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

Lumineers are dental veneers that are used to improve the appearance of teeth that have cracks, chips, discolourations, and other issues, resulting to much improved and natural looking smiles.

Lumineers require minimal preparation. The process of getting Lumineers typically takes around two visits. A quicker and easier solution for our patients.

 

Why people get Lumineers?

If you don’t like dental processes, but are still looking to transform your smile, then Lumineers is a great option as these require minimal preparation.

Have chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth. Lumineers can also close gaps between teeth acting as a bridge.

 

Lumineers provide a Dental Solution for:
  1. Brighten Stained and Discolored Teeth and Restore Chipped Teeth
  2. Eliminate Spacing and Gaps / Align Crooked Teeth
  3. Reshape Small or Misshapen Teeth / Renew Old Dental Work
  4. Perfect Your Hollywood Smile
Fast simple & affordable process

Appointment 1:

Dentist makes an impression and the mold is sent to the Cerinate Smile Design Studio. Patient and dentist choose new teeth shade and agree a colour.

Appointment 2:

Your newly custom designed LUMINEERS are checked for fit and shade then painlessly attached.

As the teeth structure remains the same there is no invasive drilling or inconvenience. In two appointments the procedure is complete and the whitening process finished.


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ADVANTAGE OF LUMINEERS®

Lumineers are proven to be durable, often lasting for decades.

Advantages of Lumineers:

  • Painless cosmetic procedure, teeth structure and shape remains the same in most cases
  • A smile makeovers that is completed in two dentist appointments
  • Single process that can hide stained teeth or tooth erosion in a single process that does not have to be repeated
  • Ultrathin veneer Works around crowns or bridge work, they replicate the natural appearance of enamel
  • Can help fight penetration of bacteria and microorganisms, and avoid further decay
  • Advanced Lumineers are easily reversible
  • It is proven to last for over 20 years with proper veneer care
  • You’ll need only two dentist appointments
  • Lumineers comes with a lifetime warranty
Problems / Disadvantages of Lumineers®  and similar ultra-thin veneer products.

Potential  Tooth bulkiness especially on the gumline

The placement of ultra-thin porcelain veneers, like Lumineers®, Vivaneers® or DURAThin®, or no  prep veneers using a no-drilling/no-shots protocol has its critics.

The two primary problem issues that are usually brought up are:

  • Placing them may result in below average esthetics. – Ultra-thin veneers have a reputation for needing to be comparatively opaque, as opposed to more translucent and lifelike like regular porcelain veneers.
  • They may create tooth bulkiness. – No-drill (no tooth preparation) placement can easily result in bulky, over-contoured teeth.

    That can make new veneers hard to get use to. It can also make the teeth they’re placed on harder to properly clean.

Is the  LUMINEERS procedure painful?

The LUMINEERS procedure is a completely pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. They are ultra-thin, thus in most cases you will get a perfect fit without any grinding down of the original tooth structure. Once the LUMINEERS procedure is completed, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means LUMINEERS look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are fitted.

 


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How long does the dental LUMINEERS procedure take?

The LUMINEERS process takes only 2 visits to your dentist and the placement of LUMINEERS on the second visit takes, on average, only about one hour.

 

How long will LUMINEERS last?

Clinical tests have proven that teeth LUMINEERS can last and look great more than 20 years.
If I have LUMINEERS, can I still eat my favourite foods?
Yes, you can drink and eat what anything you want with confidence because LUMINEERS are applied in the most durable way possible.

 

What makes LUMINEERS® Teeth Veneers different from other veneers?
  • LUMINEERS ® BY CERINATE ® are porcelain tooth veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile.
  • No shaving: Your LUMINEERS dentist applies these contact lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth with no grinding or shaving of your original teeth, transforming your teeth in a very short time
  • LUMINEERS can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them
  • Contact lens thin: They really are very thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structure (unlike traditional teeth veneers) LUMINEERS is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discoloured or misaligned teeth.

Yes, Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure, in most cases. Your natural teeth are still intact and strong.

The idea that ultra-thin veneers are “reversible” may help to create public demand for this procedure. But it seems true mostly in theory only. Yes, they can be ground off. But it’s not necessarily a quick process, nor is it likely that your tooth will be returned to its initial pristine condition.

The bond that’s been created during the placement process is very strong and the cement that’s been used typically remains stubbornly attached to the tooth’s surface.

It can be trimmed and buffed off. But that’s not necessarily an easy task, especially when a number of teeth are involved. And it has to be expected that the surface of the tooth’s enamel will be shaved and scuffed up at least somewhat during the process.

 

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In most cases, yes! Your dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, Lumineers will reshape your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform, as well as whiter, something you don’t get with braces.

 

Potential problems and concerns associated with Lumineers® placement.
1) Difficulty in achieving a natural-looking end result.

a) Ultra-thin veneers frequently need to be very opaque. Can’t get the same lifelike appearance with Lumineers®

The wafer thin veneers placed using a no-drilling protocol are often criticized because with some applications they must be made out of comparatively more-opaque porcelain, or placed using relatively more-opaque cement, so they are able to adequately mask over the color of the natural tooth structure that lies underneath.

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Why is having opaque veneers a problem?

The whole issue of opaqueness has to do with how natural looking the veneered tooth will end up looking.

Tooth enamel, the part of a tooth that a veneer tries to mimic, is translucent (light is able to pass through it). And a great deal of what gives a tooth its lustrous look has to do with the way light enters into this layer and is then reflected back out.

If a veneer (or veneer/cement combination) doesn’t accurately simulate enamel’s light-handling effect (as in it’s too opaque and keeps light from entering), your tooth’s appearance won’t look quite right. It might look white, but it won’t look perfectly natural.

Case where an ultra-thin veneer is used to lighten the color of a darkly stained tooth.
  • Since it’s so thin, to effectively mask the stained tooth structure that lies underneath the veneer must be made using relatively opaque porcelain.
  • But due to this opaqueness, light will tend to reflect off the veneer’s front surface and not penetrate into it like it does when it strikes enamel
  • Because of this difference in light handling, the veneer won’t look truly lifelike.

 

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How traditional veneers differ.

 

Because they are thicker, conventional porcelain veneers can be made out of comparatively more-translucent porcelain, yet they are still able to mask dark tooth structure that lies underneath them.

That means light will be able to enter into and reflect back out of them in a fashion that truly mimics the lustrous look of a natural tooth.

Also, a thicker laminate generally offers the dental technician more opportunity to incorporate characterization and shading qualities into the veneer itself by way of using different shades of porcelain in its fabrication

A lot of people simply don’t appreciate this difference.

We do have to admit that when it comes to the issue of obtaining a precisely lifelike result, many people just don’t seem to care.

The ease and pain-free advantage that no-drilling/no-shots technique offers simply outweighs the disadvantage of a less than perfectly natural-looking outcome.

 

Matching the shade with the neighbouring  teeth wis difficult with Lumineers

Especially in the case where only one or a few veneers are being placed, the increased characterization that’s possible with a (thicker) conventional veneer may be an important asset in creating a perfect match with the patient’s neighboring teeth.

It’s the characterization of a veneer that helps it to look lifelike or match well

It would be relatively difficult to mimic this look with an ultra-thin no-prep veneer.

 

2) Bulky, over-contoured teeth.

Another criticism of placing Lumineers® using a no-tooth preparation technique is that it can result in teeth that are bulky and over-contoured.

If you bond a shell of porcelain over the surface of a tooth without trimming it back first, its overall dimensions will be larger. It’s only a question of how much, and if it’s enough to cause problems.

An excellent way to get to evaluate how the addition of ultra-thin veneers may affect the size and thickness of your teeth is to view a pre-treatment diagnostic wax up of your case.

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What are some of the potential problems?

1) An artificial appearance.

Placing restorations that create larger, fuller teeth can easily result in a look that’s artificial. In extreme cases, the term having “horse teeth” may certainly apply. Of course, the degree to which this occurs is the key. And toward keeping it to a minimum case selection is always a primary determinant.

Some people don’t care.

Despite this outcome, the convenience and comfort of being able to take advantage of no-drilling/no-shots placement may be so attractive to some people that this is an easy enough trade-off to choose. Having bigger, larger teeth is not a concern as long as they’re whiter and more perfect.

2) Problems with function.

Another area of concern is how the increased size of the veneered teeth will affect the person’s daily activities.

  • Larger teeth can be cumbersome, affect a person’s speech, or even the way they bite into things.
  • Fuller teeth can also change the way a person’s lips are supported by or rest over their teeth. In extreme cases it may be difficult for the person to close their lips together.

Fortunately, over time people tend to adapt to these types of difficulties. It’s just a matter of how extreme the change has been.

3) Plaque retention – Periodontal and tooth decay problems.

A no-tooth preparation veneers (like Lumineers®) must be ultra-thin so they don’t add too much bulk to the tooth.

A primary concern is the amount of thickness added at the gum line.

The underlying problem.

If you bond a porcelain veneer directly onto the untrimmed surface of a tooth it will change the tooth’s contours, in the sense that there will now be a ledge (sometimes referred to as a “speed bump”) right where the veneer ends

Dentists formally refer to this type of change as affecting the “emergence profile” of a tooth, meaning altering its contours in the region where it exits the gums.

This type of over-contouring can:

  • Make it more difficult to remove dental plaque at the gum line.
  • Tend to interfere with the natural cleansing action created by a person’s lips and cheeks as they slide over a tooth’s surface.

In general, under contouring a dental restoration typically makes a more benign error than over-contouring. And placing no-drill Lumineers® seems to break this rule of thumb.

Problems that may develop.

When dental plaque cannot be adequately removed, issues associated with tooth decay and gum disease may occur. Of the two, experiencing gum problems is the more common occurrence (persistent gingivitis, periodontal disease).

The consequences of either can be problematic to resolve.

  • Repairing cavities frequently means that the restoration must be replaced. In extreme cases, the decay may be so extensive that just replacing the veneer may no longer be an option for the tooth.
  • Treating gum disease can be successful. But any degree of gum recession that occurs (either triggered to the disease process or its treatment) can easily spoil the appearance of an entire set of veneers.

 

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Why Lumineers® don’t usually cost less than conventional veneers.

The total amount of treatment time that a dentist must set aside for a no-drill Lumineers® case is less than that needed for conventional veneer placement. (That’s because there’s less work to do during the 1st visit.)

But this cost-savings is at least in part offset by the fact that the dental laboratory bill for the Lumineers® will likely be greater.

Alternative for Lumineers Veneers that has comparable benefits of absolutely no grinding of teeth but more affordable is by using GENERIC NO PREP VENEERS.

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Don’t overlook the cost of replacement veneers.

When evaluating the expense of any type of veneering procedure, don’t overlook the fact that the work will likely need to be replaced at some point during your lifetime.

 

You must anticipate that your Lumineers® will need to be replaced at some point during your lifetime.

You can’t realistically expect any type of dental restoration to last forever. This is especially true in those cases where its appearance is a critical factor (such as a veneer on a front tooth).

That means that beyond your initial expenses for your work, there will be others. And depending on your age, you may encounter these additional costs more than once.

Cost.You can expect the price for replacement Lumineers® to be the same fee that your dentist currently charges for new (initial placement) cases.

Lost laminates.It may be possible for your dentist to recement individual Lumineers® that have come off, although this problem might be less of an issue with ultra-thins than with conventional porcelain veneers.

 

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Lumineers are unique in that they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. While traditional veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure.

TRADITIONAL Porcelain veneers (also referred to as dental laminates), are wafer-thin shells made out of dental ceramic that are bonded onto the front side of teeth.

They’re generally about .5 to .6 mm thick. That’s about 1/2 the thickness of a dime or twice the thickness of an eggshell.

three characteristics that make porcelain laminates especially unique. They are:

  • Placing veneers is a relatively conservative process. – As compared to placing dental crowns, much less tooth trimming is required.
  • The way they handle light is similar to natural teeth. – When taken advantage of, this property can result in laminates that give an exceedingly life-like appearance. And one unsurpassed by any other type of dental restoration.
  • Due to their ceramic surface, they offer superior stain resistance.

in their most conservative form, porcelain laminates usually have a thickness that runs on the order of .5 to .6mm. (That’s less than the thickness of a credit card.)

So when one is made, the side of the tooth it is placed on (the front side) only needs to be trimmed back by about that much.

Due to their ability to closely mimic the way natural teeth reflect light, well-crafted porcelain laminates can look astoundingly lifelike.

When veneers shouldn’t be used.

There can be situations where certain teeth, or even certain people, are not good candidates for this procedure. Some areas of concern are:

Veneers don’t make the right choice for teeth that need strengthening.

 

a) Teeth that need strengthening.

Teeth that have lost a significant amount of structure due to wear, decay or fracture, and those that have large fillings don’t make good candidates for porcelain laminates.

That’s because veneers do not strengthen teeth, they only improve their appearance. And as mentioned above, if the tooth on which one has been placed is not rigid enough to prevent flexure, it may ultimately crack or break.

In this type of situation, dental crown placement makes the more appropriate choice.

 

b) Teeth with little enamel.

A porcelain veneer won’t stay in place well unless it’s primarily bonded to tooth enamel. Here’s why.

  • When it’s bonded onto enamel, the enamel is the more rigid of the two and it tends to absorb most of the forces applied to the tooth.
  • When bonded directly to dentin (the layer underneath enamel), the laminate is the stiffer object and any forces directed to the tooth tend to become focused in it. This can lead to veneer fracture or debonding.

Some teeth may have little or no enamel remaining on their front surface due to: 1) Tooth wear or trauma. 2) The placement of previous dental restorations. 3) Erosion – Tooth wear caused by an exposure to acidic foods and beverages, regurgitation of gastric acid, etc…

If so, they don’t make good candidates. A dental crown would make the more appropriate choice for these teeth.

 

c) Excessive forces are involved.

People who clench and grind their teeth (referred to as bruxism by dentists), or have a bite where their front teeth come together edge-to-edge, don’t make good candidates for porcelain veneers.

The level of forces generated by these conditions can be substantial and can cause laminates to chip, break or debond. One study (Beier 2012) found that a habit of bruxism increased the failure rate of a subject’s veneers by a factor of 8.

As a measure against fracture, construction using a comparatively stronger type of “porcelain” can help (such as: aluminium oxide, lithium disilicate, zirconia). The trade-off is that restorations made using these ceramics characteristically have a comparatively less lifelike appearance (similar to our description of dental bonding above).

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The porcelain veneer procedure.

-The process. What steps are involved?

 

Step 1: Taking the shade.

Your dentist will use their shade guide to determine which color of porcelain most closely matches the teeth that lie to each side of the tooth they’re veneering.

They may decide that different colors need to be used for different portions of the veneer. They’ll also make notes about which regions of the laminate need to be comparatively more or less translucent.

 

Step 2: Trimming the tooth.

a) With this procedure, the idea is that the enamel on the front side of your tooth is trimmed back about the same thickness as the veneer that will be placed. That way its overall thickness is not dramatically changed.

The ideal situation is one where all surfaces of the veneer only rest on tooth enamel. For the most part, a dentist will try to limit the depth of the trimming to just the tooth’s enamel layer. That way, all aspects of the veneer’s internal surface will be bonded directly onto enamel. (The type of tooth structure with which the most secure and predictable bond can be made.)

The precise amount of tooth enamel that’s shaved off will vary with each case but it can be as little as .5 to .7 millimeters. That’s about twice the thickness of an eggshell and when compared to most other dental procedures it’s a very small amount.

While performing the trimming, your dentist will keep in mind some recognized guidelines as to the maximum amount of enamel that ideally can be removed, and try to stay within those limits.

b) If your tooth has some areas of decay, your dentist will trim more extensively in those locations so to remove it.

c) At least in theory, porcelain veneers can be bonded over existing white (dental composite) fillings. However, replacing them with new ones helps to insure the most secure bond possible.

d) The outline form of the preparation will be given a shape where the edges of the veneer (where it meets your tooth) aren’t easily seen or lie at a point where opposing teeth make contact.

 

Trimming more.

In some cases, the dentist may decide to trim the tooth more, possibly on the order of 1.5 mm or so (about a 1/16th of an inch).

There are two issues at hand when this decision is made.

  • More aggressive tooth preparation means that a thicker veneer can be placed. One that can both mask over thecolorof the tooth underneath yet still retain a high degree of restoration translucency (a characteristic that helps to create a very natural-looking appearance).
  • On the other hand,excessivepreparation may expose regions of tooth dentin (the hard tooth tissue under enamel). If so, restoration longevity may be affected.

 

Will anesthetic be needed?

It can be possible to prepare teeth for veneers with out the use of an anesthetic (a dental “shot”). But you may find that you want it.

Some teeth and tooth tissues are naturally sensitive to cold sensations (like those created by the dentist’s suction device or the water spray from their drill). And if the veneer’s edges will extend below the gum line, those tissues will need to be manipulated and may be sensitive.

Step 3: Taking the impression.

Once the trimming has been completed, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and its surrounding teeth and gums. It’s this copy of your mouth that will be used to fabricate your veneer.

This impression is then sent to a dental laboratory and they will use it to make your porcelain veneer. Depending on what arrangements have been made, the turn-around time for this process is usually about 2 weeks.

 

Step 4: Placing a temporary veneer (if needed).

In those cases where your veneer will be fabricated by a dental laboratory, you will usually have to wait 1 or 2 weeks while it is being made. The question then becomes whether or not you will wear a temporary veneer during this time period.

 

A) Situations where no temporary is placed.

This can be the plan for cases where just a minimal amount of tooth structure has been removed (like in our picture above). Admittedly, on close inspection your tooth will look a little strange. But just how much of an issue this is is something that you’ll have to decide.

Since a surface layer of your tooth has been trimmed off, you may notice that it has an increase sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. You can also expect that it will feel a little rough to your tongue and lips.

B) Situations where a temporary is used.

It’s more common to place a temporary veneer when treating cases where there’s been a need to trim a relatively greater amount of tooth structure.

These are teeth whose appearance would be noticeably strange, or where the issue of thermal sensitivity might be a problem for the patient.

If having a temporary placed is important to you, and your dentist has not yet discussed this issue with you, you absolutely need to ask about it when your appointment is initially scheduled.

A dentist frequently uses a mold that’s filled will plastic and then slipped over your teeth to form the temporary. In some cases, this mold is made from a wax/plaster mock-up of your teeth that due to the time involved in making it must be arranged for in advance of your appointment.

 

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A temporary veneer needs to be secure enough that it stays in place well but is also easy to remove at your next appointment. Keep in mind that unlike a temporary dental crown that entirely encases its tooth, this type is just anchored on the front side. And this difference can make creating a successful temporary a bit of a challenge.

Dentists have solutions for these challenges but they usually come at the expense of creating some degree of gum inflammation (because you can’t floss and clean around the temporary veneer thoroughly). Inflamed gum tissue can be harder to manage when a veneer is cemented, primarily because it bleeds easily.

If you decide that no temporary is needed, your dentist doesn’t have to be concerned about it coming off, or being able to get it off. And during your cementation appointment, it’s more likely that they’ll have healthy gum tissue to work with. And that’s a very positive thing for the outcome of your case.

Temporary veneers aren’t usually cemented, they’re just held in place by the way their plastic has set and locked in place on and in between your teeth.

Getting them off is easy enough. Your dentist will just use their drill and trim the temporary in half, then tease its parts off.

Step 5: The pre-cementation evaluation.

At this point, your porcelain veneer has been fabricated and is ready to be bonded onto its tooth. If a temporary veneer has been placed, your dentist will remove it.

 

A) Checking the fit.

Your dentist will first need to evaluate how your veneer seats on your tooth.

To do so, they’ll set it in place, inspect it, remove it and trim it, repeatedly, until they are satisfied with its fit. (In most cases, an anesthetic will not be needed during this step or any of those that follow.)

 

B) Evaluating the shape.

Even though the laboratory or milling machine that has crafted your laminate has crafted it to what it thought was the ideal shape, you and your dentist may decide differently.

Possibly certain edges need to be shortened, squared off or rounded so it looks right. If so, your dentist will complete these changes.

Without question, the goal of this step is to get everything as right about the shape of your laminate as possible. But you don’t have to be too worried if you have some minor reservations about what you notice.

Further refinement can still be made later on after cementation. In fact, at this point while your veneer just sits loosely on your tooth, trimming it too much might be the bigger concern.

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C) Evaluating the color.

Your dentist will have chosen a shade of porcelain for your veneer that they expect will result in a close match with your tooth’s neighboring teeth. But because it’s translucent, its precise color can be fine tuned by way of the shade of the cement that’s used to bond it in place.

 

Take note.

It’s important for you to understand that this is your last chance to make an objection about the color of your new veneer. Once it’s been bonded in place, it can’t be changed.

Step 6: Bonding the veneer.

Once you and your dentist have determined that its shape and shade are right, your veneer can be bonded into place.

Your dentist will first wash out the trial paste and clean and prepare your laminate’s internal surface. They’ll also wash off and polish the surface of your tooth, so it’s clean and ready.

1) Etching the tooth. 2) Bonding the veneer in place. 3) Trimming the excess cement.

 

Etching the tooth.

They’ll then etch the surface of your tooth with an acid etching gel (the green in our illustration) for about 15 to 20 seconds. (At a microscopic level, this etching process creates a very rough enamel surface. It’s this texture that the veneer’s cement bonds to.)

(The dental lab will have already prepared the internal aspect of you veneer by etching it with hydrofluoric acid.)

Cementation.

After washing the etching gel off your tooth and drying it, your dentist will apply a layer of clear “bonding agent.”. (This creates the actual bond with the tooth’s etched enamel surface.)

Cement (having the color previously chosen) is then placed inside the veneer, which is then squished into place.

Once it’s been positioned properly, your dentist will set the cement by way of shining a “curing” light on your tooth.

This light (which has a blue coloration) activates a catalyst in the bonding agent and cement, causing them to set in about a minute.

 

Step 7: Wrapping things up.

The veneer is now securely attached to your tooth.

There will be some excess cement that your dentist will need scrape and floss away. (Actually, they’ll probably have removed most of it before fully cured it. That makes getting it off easier.)

They’ll also need to evaluate your new restoration’s contours and trim and polish them as is needed.

As a last step, your bite will be evaluated so to confirm that it hasn’t been altered by the placement of your veneer.

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Precautions.

Your dentist’s curing light set your veneer’s cement, so from that standpoint it’s ready to be used, even immediately. Despite that, it’s not a bad idea to be cautious with your tooth at first.

It’s shape might be slightly different than before (either a planned change or an oversight). Or in the case where an anesthetic was used or your jaw is still stiff from staying open during your procedure, initially you may find yourself closing your teeth together in completely abnormal ways.

Experiment with and settle into the use of your new laminate. If you notice anything that seems strange or amiss, don’t look for trouble. Just let your dentist know.

As a way of helping you protect your new restorations, your dentist may present you with a night guard to wear.

The fragile nature of porcelain veneers makes them susceptible to fracture when exposed to excessive forces such as those associated with tooth clenching and grinding.

Since you have no control over these activities when you sleep, routinely wearing a guard can help to prevent this type of damage.

 

 

Step 8: The follow-up appointment.

Most dentists will want you to return to their office in about one week.

They’ll want to evaluate how your gums have responded to the presence of your new veneer. And if you have decided that its shape needs to be adjusted some more, they can do that at this appointment too.

Some people may notice that their veneered tooth as some hot and cold sensitivity. If you do, let your dentist know during this visit. While it’s common that it will resolve on its own, they may be able to speed the process up.


Tips for Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

You’ve finally made the decision to revamp your smile with porcelain veneers- congratulations! Now you can venture out into the world with a beautiful, straight smile. However, your work isn’t done after you’ve had your veneers put into place, and there are several steps you’ll need to take to keep them safe. By taking a proactive approach to caring for your veneers, you can get the most out of your stunning new smile.

Don’t Chew on Inedible Items

Do you have a bad habit of chewing on pens, or are you a nail biter? Not only are these habits gross and a social faux pas, they can actually lead to damage of your porcelain veneers over time. To protect your cosmetic dental work, make an effort to keep inedible items out of your mouth.

Get Your Veneers Polished

Cosmetic dentists can help to preserve the life of your dental work by polishing your veneers. This procedure can be performed approximately once every three months. A dentist will use specialized solutions and equipment to ensure that your veneers and original teeth are thoroughly cleaned. However, polishing your veneers doesn’t mean that you can slack on your own dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing your teeth frequently can allow you to enjoy longer results after a polishing, and you can go longer periods of time between each session.

Avoid Substances that May Cause Stains

Porcelain veneers are deigned to be stain resistant, but that fact isn’t the same for your natural tooth structure. In order to keep your smile looking its whitest, you should be wary of substances that might stain your veneers, including cigarettes, coffee, soda, red wine, tea, berries, and beets. If you do enjoy one of these items, be sure to brush and floss your teeth immediately afterwards to minimize the likelihood that stains will develop.

Protect Your Teeth

Do you play sports or other contact activity in which the health of your teeth might be at risk? If so, you will want to wear a mouth guard or other form of protection to ensure that your veneers are safe. Basketball, football, wrestling, and other contact sports may put your beautiful new smile in danger. By protecting your teeth from potential trauma, you are saving yourself a lot of pain, not to mention the cost that would be required to repair your smile.

Quit Grinding

Many people suffer from tooth grinding, whether they realize it or not. Tooth grinding, otherwise known as bruxism, is a serious issue involving the clenching and shifting of the teeth during sleep. If you continue to grind your teeth without seeking treatment, you can damage your porcelain veneers. Damage may also occur to your original teeth and the jaw joint, so if you suspect that you are a nighttime grinder, consult with your dentist about treatment options. He or she may fit you for a nighttime mouth guard that can help to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding.

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