You might take care of your teeth, but you might find you would like to have a smile makeover over time. One reason for that might be gaps in the teeth, particularly the front ones. There might be only a small spacing issue, but it could cause you to have self-esteem issues. There are many…
What Are Onlay Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Porcelain onlays and dental veneers can be used to improve the aesthetics of someone's smile. Both are dental restorations that are color-matched with the patient's real teeth. A veneer is a tooth-shaped shell that is cemented to the front part of a tooth, while onlays are partial crowns that are used to protect severely-damaged teeth and restore their function.
How dentists improve smiles with onlays and veneers
Let us take a closer look at the properties of porcelain onlays and veneers:
Porcelain onlays and inlays
These restorations are made with custom-fitted porcelain and they restore the appearance and function of teeth. An inlay works just like a filling as it is placed inside the tooth. An onlay, on the other hand, covers up at least a chewing cusp (the pointy biting surface) of a tooth.
Onlays and inlays are both customized for the patient's teeth and they provide better support than fillings or composite resin. Porcelain onlays are often recommended for cosmetic reasons since these prosthetics share the translucent and natural white color of real teeth.
During the installation of onlays or inlays, the dentist will take an impression of the patient's mouth or take digital images. The information is used to make the restoration outside of the patient's mouth. It is usually sent to a dental lab where technicians make restorations. It can take up to two weeks for the finished product to get back to the dentist. The patient is called back in for a second appointment and the onlay/inlay is cemented to their tooth just as is the case with crowns.
These are an effective way to craft an amazing smile. The process can be completed in as little as a couple of weeks and the patient gets restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. Porcelain is also resistant to stains, so it maintains its original color for a long time.
The installation of veneers requires the dentist to remove some tooth enamel to create room for the restoration. Doing so ensures the veneers look natural in the patient's mouth instead of making their teeth look abnormally large.
A local anesthetic is administered during the treatment so the patient will not feel anything. Once the patient's teeth are prepared, the dentist will take digital images or use a mold to take an impression of their teeth. The mold or data is sent to a lab where the restorations are made. The patient is fitted with temporary veneers for the meantime to protect their teeth.
About two weeks later, the patient comes back in for their customized crowns. The veneers are cemented to the person's teeth once the temporary ones have been removed. There is no recovery period for those who get veneers, but they might experience sensitive teeth for a few days.
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