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Dental Veneers


Rendering of jaw with porcelain veneer on toothVeneers are a very popular cosmetic dental procedure. These are preferred over many other cosmetic techniques because they look great and are less invasive than most other procedures. There are several different types of veneers, but all are minimally invasive procedures. Veneers do require a lot of care, but we can give you more information on them at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates.

Styles of Veneer


Some of the common styles of veneer include porcelain, composite, palatal, and removable. Porcelain veneers are the most common material, since porcelain looks so similar to natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can last about ten to fifteen years. Composite veneers are similar in look to porcelain veneers. These will last five to seven years. Palatal veneers are also called palatal onlays and they are used for anterior teeth. Palatal veneers last between five and ten years. Removable veneers are even less invasive than other types since they require less tooth preparation. Removable veneers usually last about five years.

Veneer Placement


Vener placement is simple no matter which type you choose, but the procedures do differ slightly. For porcelain veneers, our dentist will reshape your tooth which usually extends about 0.5 mm into the tooth. Anesthetic is applied when needed if we need to file or reshape your tooth. You will then select a shade of porcelain and our dentist places the veneer using a dental bonding agent.

Composite veneers are sculpted on your teeth, not at a lab like many other types. Your tooth will need to be recontoured before this veneer is placed. Composite is a bit more versatile than porcelain. Composite veneers can be repaired for minor chips or cracks whereas porcelain veneers must be totally replaced.

Palatal veneers are used to restore the look of anterior teeth after damage. For instance, they may be corroded or broken due to chronic vomiting, acid reflux, and bruxism.

Removable veneers, also called snap-on veneers, are one of your cheapest options. These are custom designed for your teeth using dental molds gathered by our dentist. They do not require the tooth to be reduced or filed, so they are much easier to remove.

Our dentist will provide a thorough cleaning prior to applying the veneer. Without cleaning, it is possible for bacteria to become trapped under the shell. This would cause tooth decay, discoloration, pain, swelling, and other symptoms.

Whatever type of veneer is used, dental cement is the bonding agent of choice. This is an adhesive that binds the veneer to your natural tooth. Once everything is in place, our dentist will shine an ultraviolet light on the cement. This causes it to immediately harden, holding the veneer in place permanently.

Veneer Care


Care for veneers is similar to other types of cosmetic restorations. Our dentist will tell you to practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing two times a day and flossing daily as well. Routine cleanings are also very important as they help keep your teeth bacteria free, but also give our dentist a chance to examine the veneers and make sure they are in good condition. Avoid biting on hard surfaces and get treatment for tooth grinding if necessary. Call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 725-257-2220 for further details.
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