September 11, 2018
The DIY (do it yourself) craze has now made its way into the cosmetic dentistry world. The internet is buzzing about the new trend of DIY porcelain veneers. Although it may seem to be super convenient, is it a safe procedure for the general public to attempt on their own? As you read on, your dentist explains why this isn’t a good idea and provides you with a better way to remake your smile.
How DIY Porcelain Veneers Work?
The DIY craze centers on a new product called Clip On Veneers. One company that sells the prosthetics claims that they can cover gapped, chipped, crowded or stained teeth just as permanent porcelain veneers are capable of doing.
The process starts with the company sending out a special kit and instructions for the customer to follow to make bite impressions that will be used to create the clip-on veneers.
This alone is problematic because the process of capturing a bite impression is a tedious matter that will determine how well the veneers fit. Leaving this part of the procedure in the hands of untrained people is irresponsible.
The Limitations of Clip On Veneers
Here are some of the other issues of wearing Clip On Veneers:
- They are only guaranteed to last for a year.
- They are not designed to be worn while you eat or drink.
- If there is a problem with your removable veneers, you can’t visit a professional to have the issue addressed.
The Benefits of Traditional Porcelain Veneers
When you visit your cosmetic dentist to have your porcelain veneers custom-designed, you can experience a longer-lasting, safer and more effective procedure. Here’s how the process works:
- Preparation – The procedure starts with your dentist removing a small amount of enamel so the thin, porcelain shells can fit properly.
- Bite Impressions – Next, bite impressions will be collected by trained professionals instead of burdening you with that responsibility. Thus, you’re guaranteed to have perfectly-fitting fixtures.
- Fabrication – The data collected is sent to a trusted lab that will fabricate your permanent veneers. While you wait on them to be made, you’ll be fitted with temporary shells to protect your teeth.
- Final Placement – When your veneers are ready, you’ll return to your dentist to have them placed. The professional will also take the time to make sure they fit properly into your smile line.
You’ll be able to eat, drink and perform all of your normal functions with your veneers. Then, with proper care, which includes brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day, you can enjoy your new smile for up to 10 years.
To learn more about the safer and more effective way of remaking your smile with porcelain veneers, reach out to schedule a consultation today!
About the Author
Dr. J. Benjamin Patrick is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, and for over 40 years, he’s been a fixture in the community. As a visiting faculty member at the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Education, he shares his wealth of knowledge with future dentists while also providing comprehensive care to his patients, which includes cosmetic dentistry. To get the smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers, you can find Dr. Patrick at Advanced Dentistry of Athens, and he can be reached for more information through his website.
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