If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. Although many of our patients are interested in porcelain veneers, our Fort Atkinson cosmetic dentists find that people have misconceptions about them. That’s why we offer this guide to answer common questions we get about the procedure.

Are Dental Veneers Really Made of Porcelain?

woman looking at her teeth in mirrorIn the past, veneers were actually made of porcelain. Some of your favorite stars in old Hollywood movies likely wore porcelain veneers. The first veneers, though, were so fragile that the stars only wore them when they were on camera. They couldn’t risk chipping or cracking them when talking, eating, or drinking between takes.

That might work for Hollywood, but it would never fly here in Fort Atkinson. That’s why modern veneers aren’t made of porcelain anymore. They’re made of advanced ceramics that balance beauty and strength–they can be stronger than your natural tooth enamel. This lets you bite and chew normally with little fear that you’ll chip your veneers.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do For My Smile?

Veneers are popular in Fort Atkinson because they are an extremely versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure. We can use veneers to give you something almost like a brand new smile. We can:

  • Brighten teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Repair chips and wear
  • Straighten teeth
  • Reshape teeth
  • Close gaps in your smile

All with one relatively quick procedure. You can enjoy your brand new smile within a few weeks.

Who is A Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Good news: most people in Fort Atkinson who want to alter their smile in the ways listed above can take advantage of porcelain veneers. We will evaluate your teeth during a thorough exam. Veneers depend on your teeth for support, so you must have healthy teeth and gums. You should also commit to taking care of your veneers, but that’s not hard. Just brush and floss your teeth normally. The most we will likely change your daily hygiene routine is to recommend a different toothpaste.

If you clench and grind your teeth, we will want to protect your veneers as we want to protect your teeth. For people who clench and grind their teeth or have evidence of significant tooth wear, we’ll recommend a bite guard to protect your veneers.

What Is The Veneers Process Like?

After your decision to get veneers, the process takes two visits. First, we will have a visit where we will design your new smile. We’ll talk over options, and you can look at digital mockups of your new smile. Once we’ve agreed on what your new smile will look like, we’ll prepare your teeth for veneers. This means removing a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for veneers. Making room keeps your teeth from looking too chunky and ensures there’s no ledge between your teeth and veneers that can collect food and bacteria. Then we take an impression of your prepared teeth. We send the impression and the design to the dental lab, where they craft your veneers. Meanwhile, we make temporary veneers for you to wear. These look good, but they aren’t as durable as the ones the lab makes.

Once your veneers are ready, we will call you back for an appointment at our Fort Atkinson dental office. We will inspect the veneers together to make sure they are free from defects. Then we’ll try them in your mouth with a weak glue. Once you’re happy with them, we will cement them permanently to your teeth.

Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

Veneers do not damage your teeth. We do remove a small amount of enamel to make room for veneers. However, we then place the veneers over the prepared tooth. This can actually protect your teeth. Veneers, for example, are more resistant to acids in food than your teeth, so they can help if you experience acidic erosion of your front teeth.

Does It Hurt To Get Veneers?

Getting veneers does not normally hurt. Although we are not removing much enamel, we can use anesthesia to protect you against discomfort. Everyone has a different experience of pain, but most of our patients in Fort Atkinson agree that there is little, if any, discomfort associated with getting veneers.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers can be very long-lasting. Properly placed and maintained, veneers can last from 7 to 20 years. During that entire time, they help your smile look beautiful. They resist staining and maintain their brightness for years, even decades.

Are Veneers Reversible?

To place veneers, we remove a small amount of tooth enamel. It’s not much, thanks to the strength of modern veneers, but it’s enough that the veneer process isn’t usually reversible. You will want to keep wearing your veneers until they need to be replaced, then get a new set.

If you are concerned about this issue, it’s a good idea to start by treating just one tooth. Perhaps it’s one that’s already chipped, or it’s very crooked, a tooth that you’re especially unhappy with. Then you can see how the results work out before deciding whether to do your entire smile.

Interested In Porcelain Veneers in Fort Atkinson?

Have more questions we didn’t answer? Then it’s time to talk to a cosmetic dentist in person. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Please call (920) 563-7323 or use our online form to request an appointment at BKS Dental in Fort Atkinson, near Johnson Bank and across the street from Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts.