Porcelain Veneers in Columbus, Ohio
Why choose Dr. Schindler for Porcelain Veneers
In the hands of Dr. Schindler, many smiles have nearly infinite potential due to the strength, beauty, custom-shaping, and lifelike materials used with porcelain veneers. Our Ohio dental office uses artistry to design the best smile for you and only uses the most resilient materials available by working with an excellent dental lab. Then, Dr. Schindler removes the thinnest possible layer of natural enamel to apply advanced bonding techniques and place the veneer. Many exuberant and smiling patients adore their Ohio porcelain veneers – be sure you check out our patient showcase!
Your first look in the mirror might shock you – the results of porcelain veneers by Ohio cosmetic dentist, Dr. Schindler, are amazing! Your new, healthy smile will be straight, beautiful, proportionate to your face, and as bright as you prefer.
Your new look could boost your confidence and open doors and opportunities across Ohio. Contact Schindler Dentistry about beautiful Columbus porcelain veneers today!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of dental porcelain that are attached to the front surface of a tooth or teeth. The purpose of treatment is to improve the color, size, shape, or angle of a tooth and bring out the best in your smile. Porcelain veneers may disguise alignment and spacing issues or hide structural damage such as a minor crack or chip in enamel that does not threaten the overall health of the tooth. Patients appreciate the value of porcelain veneers in that they can last decades and they closely resemble the translucence and shine of natural teeth.
Benefits and Risks of Getting Porcelain Veneers
One of the reasons porcelain veneer treatment is so popular is that there are more benefits than risks. The primary aspect of treatment that patients must understand is that it is irreversible. If a veneer becomes damaged or stained in the future, it would need to be replaced. The reduced tooth cannot be left uncovered. That said, with good oral care and stain-reducing habits, porcelain veneers can last 20+ years.
Benefits of porcelain veneer treatment include:
- You get a customized smile that is built to your specifications.
- Natural-looking results. Dental porcelain looks so much like natural enamel that most people cannot tell the difference.
- Treatment is quick and simple. In just two visit scheduled over a few weeks, you can have a great new smile.
- No downtime. While there is a chance of mild sensitivity, you can expect to return to normal activities right after your appointments.
- Dental porcelain is stain resistant and can stay radiant for many years with good care.
How do dentists install Veneers?
It takes two or more visits with Dr. Schindler to complete the veneer process after the initial consultation. Step one is a thorough cleaning. If enamel is stained, we may perform teeth whitening prior to selecting the shade of porcelain for the veneers.
During the first visit, Dr. Schindler prepares the teeth for veneers by gently removing a thin layer of enamel. The color that best matches surrounding enamel is selected using a shade guide. After the teeth have been prepared, we take impressions using a putty-like material. Impressions, photos of the teeth, the selected shade, and specifications for the shape or size are sent off to the dental lab, where they guide the fabrication process.
The second visit is scheduled for approximately 2 weeks after the first. During this appointment, Dr. Schindler assesses the color match and the fit of each veneer. If needed, veneers can be refined to achieve the best possible aesthetic. Once we are satisfied with the appearance of each veneer, they are individually bonded to teeth using a special light. Depending on the number of veneers made, this visit can take 2 to 3 hours.
What is the recovery process like after getting Veneers?
The process of getting porcelain veneers is comfortable and creative. After the final veneers are installed, teeth may feel slightly sensitive for a few days. During the brief adjustment period, you can eat softer foods and avoid foods and beverages that are extremely hot or cold. If necessary, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Additionally, you may want to drink through a straw to bypass tooth sensitivity and choose foods that you don’t have to bite into or chew excessively. You may brush and floss your teeth as usual after getting your porcelain veneers, taking care to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. If your teeth are sensitive, you can use a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth. We expect patients to adjust to their porcelain veneers nicely within about a week, after which time they can resume their normal eating habits.
Are Porcelain veneers permanent?
Generally, porcelain veneers can last from 5 to over 20 years. The durability of veneers is influenced by the health of the teeth they cover, as well as the surrounding gum tissue. If a veneer chips, cracks, or comes loose, it can be replaced or possibly re-attached to the tooth with a new dental bond process. Porcelain veneers are a lifelong commitment to excellent oral care, routine dental visits, and, if necessary, replacement.
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
Porcelain veneers make over the smile by covering enamel that has been damaged or has cosmetic flaws in size, shape, or color. Due to the thickness of traditional porcelain veneers, the dentist must reduce the natural tooth about the thickness of a fingernail. Though this is not much, it is enough to require a covering for the tooth at all times. Without a proper veneer, the tooth may suffer sensitivity. Does this ruin a tooth? No. It does, however, mean that traditional porcelain veneers may need to be replaced at some point.
Patients who want to feel better about their smile without the ongoing maintenance of traditional porcelain veneers may explore alternative cosmetic treatment like dental bonding or porcelain Lumineers. These more conservative procedures and convenient and cost-effective but are not as strong as standard porcelain veneers.
How to Care for and Maintain Porcelain Veneers
There are several ways to take excellent care of your porcelain veneers. These include:
- Practice good oral care every day. Brush two times for two minutes each. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to avoid unintended abrasions to your veneers.
- Floss every day to remove particles of debris and bacteria that may accumulate at the gum line and at the margins between the veneer and the tooth.
- Use an alcohol-free oral rinse daily to destroy unhealthy bacteria. Alcohol-free mouthwash is gentler on veneers and their bonding material.
- If you clench or grind your teeth, have your dentist fabricate a custom-fit night guard and wear it regularly to reduce force on teeth.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like nails, ice, and pens.
- If you play contact sports, wear an appropriate mouth guard.
- Beware of stains! Porcelain veneers are stain resistant but not stain-proof. If you consume items like berries, soy sauce, red wine, tea, or coffee, rinse your mouth afterward.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can stain the porcelain veneer and weaken the gum tissue around veneered teeth.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Schindler
If you have any questions about Porcelain Veneers, or if you wish to learn whether you are a candidate for the procedure, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Sharon Schindler today! You can reach our office by calling 614-586-0609 or by clicking here to send our team a consultation request form. Our practice is located in Columbus, Ohio, and we look forward to serving you!
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