The best way to perfect your smile without undergoing a multitude of different dental treatments is by simply opting for porcelain veneers from Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Dental veneers can improve the shape of your teeth, the color and even help mask gaps and alignment problems. Instead of dealing with an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign combined with teeth whitening and dental bonding, you can achieve the same results with this simple one procedure. Have you ever wondered how celebrities got their perfect smiles? Porcelain veneers! Learn more about cosmetic veneers available from our Birmingham dentist.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain. These thin shells are permanently bonded to your tooth to reshape and color your tooth anyway you want. Patients typically choose porcelain veneers to reshape their teeth to look longer or shorter, to hide gummy smiles, crooked teeth, or even hide gaps. They can also be used to cover severely stained teeth with a luminescent white smile. Porcelain veneers can also be used to cover minor damage on your teeth like cracks or chips. Alternatives to porcelain veneers can be more expensive treatments like dental crowns or a combination of treatments like orthodontics, whitening treatments, and dental bonding. Porcelain veneers are the ideal solution for patients who want an immediate difference in their smile that will last for years to come.
If you have been contemplating porcelain veneers, the first thing you should do is visit Dr. Michael Maniscalco at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, AL. He can answer any questions that you may have concerning porcelain veneers, and if you decide that you would like to have the work done, you can begin on the first visit.
To get your teeth prepared for the veneers (assuming that you are having traditional porcelain veneers installed), Dr. Maniscalco will scrape a bit of enamel off your teeth, so that the veneers will be properly anchored and feel natural. Then, he will create impressions of your upper teeth, which he will then send to a lab where your veneers are made. Once they come back from the lab, he will check to make sure they are the right color, and then install them using a special adhesive and a light to cure it. Finally, he will check your bite and do any necessary adjustments.
Because the procedure is done using a local anesthetic, you will not feel pain. However, you may find that for a while after having the veneers installed, your teeth feel somewhat sensitive. This is usually easily treated by means of over-the-counter toothpaste that is made especially for sensitive teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
If porcelain veneers sound like an ideal cosmetic dentistry treatment for you, you will first need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maniscalco. During this consultation, he will determine if porcelain veneers are the right solution for you. To be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, your teeth need to be overall healthy and your gums must be free of gum disease. If he gives you the green light, you will discuss what you would like your ideal smile to look like. From there, Dr. Maniscalco can plan out how many veneers you will need to accomplish this.
Once your plan is mapped out, Dr. Maniscalco will need to prepare your teeth. This involves removing a thin layer of your enamel from the teeth that will be requiring the veneers. This is so that the veneers will fit properly on your teeth without sticking out. Once your teeth are prepared, he will take impressions of your teeth that are sent off to the lab. The lab will construct your veneers to be the right shape, size, and color for you. When they return from the lab, Dr. Maniscalco will check to make sure they look right before he bonds them to your teeth. They are installed using a special adhesive and a curing light. After they are installed, he will check your bite and make any final adjustments.
During your procedure, you will not feel any pain because we use a local anesthetic. If you suffer from any dental anxiety, let us know so that we can provide you with nitrous oxide if necessary. Once the veneers are installed, your teeth might feel a bit sensitive. If this is the case, take some over the counter pain medicine and toothpaste for sensitivity. This will help your teeth feel better. Lastly, enjoy your brand new smile!
Caring for Your Veneers
Porcelain veneers may look like natural teeth, but they will never decay! This doesn’t mean you should neglect your dental health. If your gums become infected with gum disease or your underlying teeth become damaged, your veneers can potentially fail. Make sure to care for it by brushing and flossing like normal. Veneers are expected to last for up to ten years with proper care. You should also stop by our office every 6 months for your checkup and cleaning. Dr. Maniscalco will also ensure your veneers are still in good shape. After about 10 years or so, you will need to have your veneers replaced, so remember, this is a lifetime commitment.
Can Veneers Stain?
Many of our patients in Birmingham ask us if porcelain veneers can become stained. The answer is no. Veneers cannot stain, but your underlying teeth can. This means liquids or food are finding their way underneath the veneers. In most cases, this won’t occur until after about 5 years with the veneers. You don’t need to worry about your veneers becoming stained though. They are made of porcelain which is not a porous material. Your teeth stain because your enamel is a porous material.
Can Veneers Be Whitened?
Before you commit to porcelain veneers, you should make sure that your surrounding teeth are their ideal color. This is because once your veneers are installed, you cannot change their color. Porcelain veneers are made with the color that they will remain to be. If your veneers are a different shade than your natural teeth, you can opt to whiten your natural teeth so that they match.
Do Veneers Hurt?
Many of our patients also ask if the procedure for porcelain veneers hurts. The answer is no. When we remove the small bit of enamel from your teeth, we will use a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. Your teeth may feel more sensitive following the prep work, but this is only temporary. Once the veneers are placed, your enamel will be covered and within days, the sensitivity should go away. If not, use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to remove the sensitivity. You should not be in a significant amount of pain during or after the procedure. If for any reason you are, please contact our Birmingham dentist so we can find out what’s wrong.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Now that you know everything about the dental veneers procedure, consider the many benefits of them. Dental veneers can enhance the appearance of your smile with one simple procedure. Instead of opting for multiple expensive treatments, you can have a few veneers placed to solve all your problems. In addition, porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment option for those who want a perfect and white smile. Porcelain veneers can give you teeth that are all the correct shape and size to give you an ideal smile. The best part, your white teeth will never look yellow or dingy because the veneers cannot be stained. If you’re ready for a permanent cosmetic dentistry solution, it’s time to consider porcelain veneers.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Appointment Today
If porcelain veneers in Birmingham sound like the right solution for you and your smile, it’s time to give Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham a call today. You can reach us by calling 205-967-9100 or by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you achieve your ideal smile!