Some aspects of dental care can take a very long time. Procedures such as dental implants can require multiple surgeries before a suitable final solution is finished. After extractions, bone grafts are often necessary to ensure the stability of the remaining jaw for the future. This also sets up a sturdy foundation for an implant post, should you so desire.
But porcelain veneers are an easy way to bring new life to your smile, and can be a very comprehensive approach. Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist explains some of the benefits of porcelain veneers and how they may be able to bring prompt improvements to your smile!
How Do They Work?
For those who are unfamiliar with the technology, porcelain veneers operate as a cap over existing tooth structure. By being able to craft an entirely new functional tooth front, dentists and skilled ceramicists are given a broad range of flexibility in reforming your mouth. All without painful alterations to the jaw and structures underneath the gumline!
The use of ceramic material as a dental prosthetic is something that is relatively new. A Hollywood makeup designer, as well as dentist, created the first set of false fronts in the 1920s. But it wasn’t until the 1980s that the practice began to take hold. This is due to advancements in etching, which creates a surface capable of holding a cemented prosthetic.
What’s The Process Like?
You are able to have these placed on an individual or even an entire new front set of teeth. Regardless, the existing material will need to be cleaned and prepared for placement. This includes filing down the tooth so that the end result doesn’t wind up cluttered and overcrowded.
A skilled ceramicist will have designed your new smile before placement using molds and computer imagery and software. One benefit of this maneuver is that minor imperfections in misalignment, such as gaps or crowding, can often be remedied at this time. Our natural teeth are fantastic, but we don’t often get much say in the way they grow.
What Is It Like Having Them?
Once placed, you will need to make sure that you follow your directions closely. Your oral health professional knows your personal situation and should be trusted. After your recovery process, which usually lasts around two weeks, you should be fine to operate as normal. You may see improvements in your bite over time, as things begin to settle.
If you have any problems past this time, such as bleeding from the mouth or if things feel unstable, call your dentist immediately. Any issue is best brought up sooner rather than later. Please call today to make an appointment and a consultation!
Call Us For More Information!
If you have any questions about how we may improve your smile, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!