Veneers to Fix Tooth Imperfections

Posted on: May 1, 2023

Veneers Portland, OR

Veneers, also known as dental porcelain laminates, are a great way to fix tooth imperfections without getting fillings and crowns, which are procedures that can cost thousands of dollars. They are thin, porcelain shells that are glued to the front of your teeth, making them appear beautiful and healthy again. This article will discuss when they should be used and the different types available.

Why do you need veneers?

The first reason to get dental porcelain laminates is if you have a tooth that’s chipped, cracked, or severely discolored. Porcelain laminates are made of high-quality porcelain and can be customized to look like your natural teeth (or whiter). If you’re looking for something different, translucent porcelain laminates allow light to pass through, so they give off a natural glow!

Dental porcelain laminates are a great option for small and large changes alike. If you have a few gaps between your teeth, this dental option can even them out, so you don’t look like you’re missing any teeth. Additionally, if you have discolored or misshapen teeth, veneers can reshape your smile in as little as one visit.

What are they made from?

Porcelain laminates are made from synthetic stone materials, while the resin is made of a material that resembles plastic. Porcelain laminates are more durable than resin but can be slightly more expensive. Resin can chip if not installed properly, so make sure you have an experienced dentist performing your installation.

How do I get them?

The procedure for getting dental porcelain laminates is relatively simple. First, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental porcelain laminates. During your appointment, you will have x-rays taken to ensure that there are no existing cavities or other health issues that need to be addressed first. If there are no health complications with your mouth and your teeth aren’t damaged, then a dentist may be able to apply porcelain laminates right away. Porcelain laminates can correct tooth irregularities such as spacing issues or misaligned bites.

Is there any pain involved?

Dental porcelain laminates are a common procedure so that you won’t experience any real pain. The process takes about an hour and consists of two stages. In stage one, your dentist cleans and prepares your teeth for placement by lightly filing down some of your existing tooth structure if needed. They apply a bonding material in stage two and layer it with a porcelain shell that matches your natural tooth color as closely as possible. Once finished, your dentist polishes both surfaces until they shine.

How long will they last?

The durability of your new teeth will depend on a few factors, including how well you care for them and how much they come into contact with foods and drinks. If you brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush, floss regularly, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings, your dental porcelain laminates will likely last up to ten years or even more. However, if you don’t keep up with these regular maintenance steps, they may last only three years or less. In addition, certain health conditions like bruxism can cause teeth grinding that damages and wears away over time.

Ask your dentist

Considering veneers? Ask your dentist for more information. You could be a good candidate for improving your smile with this treatment option. 

Request an appointment here: or call Dental Health Associates, PC at (503) 862-3270 for an appointment in our Portland office.

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