Porcelain Veneers – Erie, PA
Creating the Picture-Perfect Smile of Your Dreams
Cosmetic dentistry has gained in popularity in recent years, and in order to accommodate the growing number of people who are interested in transforming their smiles, we’ve started to incorporate a wider array of cosmetic dental treatment options in our Erie dental office, including porcelain veneers. At Summit Family Dentistry, our team of experienced professionals create personalized treatment plans that will deliver the desired results while fitting into your schedule and budget. When you’re ready to get started with porcelain veneers treatment or any other smile-enhancing treatment option, give our team a call to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We can’t wait to partner with you to create your dream smile.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry solution that uses thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain to conceal flaws and irregularities in the appearance of your smile. The porcelain veneers are affixed to the front surfaces of teeth, creating a flawless appearance for even the most discolored, misshapen, or unevenly spaced smiles.
How are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
Porcelain veneers need to be placed over the course of two appointments in our dental office. The first visit is for preparation and design. We will need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to allow the veneer to fit seamlessly into the natural smile line. Then, we’ll capture impressions that we use to design your veneers and our dental lab will use our design and these bite impressions to craft your restoration. Before you leave this first visit, we’ll place temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth and allow you to get used to the look and feel of a veneer. When our dental lab returns the custom veneers to our dental office, we’ll call you to schedule your follow up visit. This second appointment is shorter and less complicated. We simply remove your temporary and replace it with the custom crafted, high quality porcelain veneers, leaving you with a gorgeous smile that will last for years to come.
How do I Care for My Newly Repaired Smile?
Once your veneers are in place, they are designed to blend seamlessly into your smile line, and they can be cared for just like you would healthy, natural teeth. Additionally, the high quality porcelain is stain resistant, so your smile will look gorgeous and bright white for years. There are some simple steps you can take to limit wear and reduce risk for unintentional damage to your veneers, including:
- Use a soft toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste
- Use waxed floss to avoid tugging around the edges of your veneers
- Wear protective mouthguards during athletic competitions and to avoid damage from teeth grinding and clenching
- Don’t use teeth to open packages or crack nuts
- Don’t chew on ice, fingernails, and other hard objects
- Visit our team twice a year for dental exams and teeth cleanings
As excited as you might be to finally achieve the smile of your dreams with veneers in Waterford, we understand if you have some questions about the treatment process and what to expect. For your convenience, we’ve included the answers to a handful of commonly asked veneers questions below. However, if the answer to your question isn’t on this page, feel free to give us a call!
Is It Painful to Get Veneers?
Before the preparation and the placement of your veneers, we’ll most likely administer a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth we’ll be working on. That way, you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure itself. However, you may feel some minor sensitivity or soreness for a day or two afterward. This is more common if you receive a large number of veneers rather than one or two. During this recovery process, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen, to help with soreness.
What Happens to the Teeth Under Veneers?
The veneers themselves will not harm your teeth. Only a minimal amount of enamel (about as thin as a contact lens) will be removed from the affected teeth, and the material used to bond the veneer to your tooth is perfectly safe. Your risk of getting cavities will stay the same, as the enamel will be covered by the veneer. As such, you will need to brush and floss every day to prevent bacteria from building up and causing problems. If a tooth becomes too weak or decayed, it might no longer be able to support a veneer.
Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?
During the few weeks that you’re wearing the temporary veneers, you’ll need to be wary of certain items. Extremely hard foods (ice, hard candy, raw fruits and vegetables, etc.) could break the restorations, while sticky foods could pull them off of your teeth. Temporary veneers also stain more easily than permanent ones, so limit darkly colored foods and beverages.
Once your cosmetic dentist in Waterford has cemented your final veneers into place, you can eat and drink virtually anything you want. If your teeth are sensitive following the placement of your veneers, stay away from hot and cold items for a while. Another thing to note is that alcohol can weaken the bonding material that holds your veneers in place, so you should drink it sparingly.
Do Veneers Feel Like Real Teeth?
After the veneers treatment process is complete, most patients report that their veneers feel completely natural, to the point that they forget they even have veneers! Each of your veneers is meticulously crafted to fit precisely on your teeth based on impressions that we take. Additionally, dental porcelain is remarkably smooth and doesn’t irritate the tissues in your mouth.