Frequently Asked Questions about Porcelain Veneers
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
- By definition a veneer is a restorative material placed over the surface of a tooth. They are generally done to protect a damaged tooth surface (fractures) or to improve the aesthetics of a tooth. The two most commonly used restorative materials used to fabricate a veneer is plastic ( composite) and dental porcelain. A composite veneer is done in one appointment where the composite is directly placed on the tooth. The porcelain veneer is fabricated by a dental technician usually in a dental lab. As a result the porcelain veneer usually takes more than one visit.
- Both types of veneers are then bonded to the tooth surface using resin cement. Porcelain veneers are said to be more durable and less likely to stain than composite veneers.
A more recent type of porcelain veneers is "Lumineers". These veneers require less tooth preparation but patient selection is very important otherwise they can look unnatural.
What is the history of porcelain veneers?
Charles Pincus, a California dentist invented the veneer. They were used in the acting business (Hollywood) and were cemented by denture adhesive. At the time they did not last very long. In 1982 Simonsen and Calamia, in their research, revealed that porcelain could be etched with hydrofluoric acid and this increased the bond strengths between the composite resins and the porcelain.
Today the cements have improved and the bonding agents have improved. Typically porcelain veneers will last 10 to 30 years. Dr. Podilsky has extensive experience placing veneers, having placed his first porcelain veneer back in 1984.
How long do Porcelain veneers last?
Nobody really knows. Dr. Podilsky placed his first veneer in 1984 when few dentists placed veneers. They will most likely need to be replaced in the future. Statistics indicates a survival rate of 10 to 30 years.
What are the complications of porcelain veneers?
Some complications can include chipping and the veneers coming off, however, these are rare and not a common occurrence.
How long does the process take?
The general process takes 4 to 6 weeks depending on your time, the lab’s time and Dr. Podilsky’s time. This can be reduced if special arrangements are made with Dr. Podilsky or if a special occasion such as a wedding is in the near future.
Do I need to go without teeth and therefore have to take time off of work?
Dr. Podilsky always makes temporaries that often look better than the patient’s original smile. Patients do not have to take time off of work while they wait for the final veneers to be fabricated. Patients often return to work the same day after their appointments.
How many teeth should I do?
This depends on how much you want to compromise your smile. The more teeth you do in your smile line the less you have to compromise in size, shape, length, color, design or position. Upper teeth are the only teeth that are seen on the maximum smile 90% of the time. As a result, 90% of the cases are done on upper teeth.
What is your experience with Porcelain veneers?
Dr. Podilsky has been passionate about cosmetic dentistry since the late 80’s. He has 37 years experience in dentistry and has been consistently doing veneers and full smile designs since 1998. Dr. Podilsky’s experience has been nothing but positive with porcelain veneers.
What are the differences between Porcelain Veneers and Porcelain Crowns?
Porcelain Veneers are more conservative with little tooth removal. Porcelain crowns or any crown requires more tooth removal. Crowns are indicated when there is very little tooth structure left, endodontically treated teeth or when all the teeth need to be crown to alter the bite or occlusion.
Veneers/Invisalign® can transform a crooked and uneven smile to a straight, even and white smile in three to four visits without the use of braces. Traditionally braces or orthodontics was the only way to straighten crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers restore teeth to their natural beauty that is enduring, white, bright and straight.
Braces can take 2 to 3 years to straighten your teeth. Braces do not brighten, whiten or alter the shapes of your teeth so often even after the teeth are straightened individuals need porcelain veneers anyways to whiten and alter the shapes of their teeth.
Veneers/Invisalign® really does give you a whiter, brighter smile which is usually not achieved with either Orthodontics, brushing or bleaching.
If you are considering porcelain veneers in Edmonton, call Dr. Podilsky for a free consultation.
Costs for Veneers/Invisalign® are close to the cost for Orthodontics but less time is required.
A good candidate for Veneers/Invisalign® would be a person that has uneven, crooked teeth, a person with gaps, an embarrassing smile and a person that dislikes the appearance of their smile. Most commonly they are individuals that have already had orthodontic treatment as a teenager by do not like the shape or appearance of their teeth.
To learn more about how you can benefit from porcelain veneers, contact our Edmonton, Alberta practice today.