Porcelain dental veneers were invented in California by a dentist named Dr. Charles Pincus. He designed prosthetic teeth to be fixed to the fronts of natural teeth and cover over flaws. At the time, the only available dental-grade adhesive at the time was denture glue, which only provides temporary bonding. Unfortunately, this meant that veneers wouldn’t even last through a day. However, the dental procedure has come a long way. We spoke about porcelain veneers a couple of blogs ago. Were you paying attention? Pella, IA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Allen, would like to challenge you to a true-or-false quiz.
Q1. True or false: Porcelain veneers can be made in the office using something called a CEREC machine.
Q2. True or false: A common complaint of veneers is that they look dull and unnatural.
Q3. True or false: Veneers can be subjected to the same exact oral hygiene as natural teeth.
A1. FALSE: Dentists rely on ceramists who fabricate your customized veneers in a lab before sending them back. At your first visit, your Pella, IA cosmetic dentist will take impressions and measurements to make sure the ceramist has the right information to make your beautiful new veneers. CEREC involves dental crowns that can, in fact, be made chair side for patients in need of such a restoration.
A2. FALSE: Veneers are wafer-thin and attractively translucent. When they are on your teeth, they cover over flaws but still reflect light realistically. You have the option to customize your veneers for shape and color, so they can look every bit as natural as the teeth you were born with. Or if you have never been happy with your teeth, they can be a grin makeover of sorts, providing you with the smile of your dreams.
A3. TRUE: There is no need for concern that you might need to take special care of your porcelain veneers. Though you may want to find a toothpaste that is not highly abrasive. You can and should still brush your teeth for two minutes, two times a day. Floss at least once a day. And don’t forget to visit Dr. Allen for checkups and cleanings every six months.
Porcelain Veneers from your Pella, IA Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Allen offers customized porcelain veneers to patients. Your cosmetic dentist in Pella, IA, is also happy to provide a full range of comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule an appointment. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.