Dental veneers are wafer thin shells used to cover a multitude of dental imperfections.
- Stained teeth – Genetics, age, medication, and lifestyle habits can result in stubborn stains that are not successfully treated with a hygienic cleaning or whitening products.
- Misshapen teeth – For those teeth that appear like they don’t belong, veneers can alter the appearance of one or several teeth.
- Chipped teeth – Can appear whole again.
- Gaps between teeth – One or several gaps can be treated making those spaces disappear.
Your cosmetic dentist can review the many ways veneers can produce a brilliant smile in a couple of short visits, and explain which material is best suited for you.
Porcelain is the perfect material for veneers because of its translucent properties that make these covers appear as natural as your teeth.
Veneers provide an answer that is more permanent than whitening or bonding, while providing a minimally invasive cosmetic correction.
Porcelain provides added strength to treated teeth.
Porcelain resists staining.
Porcelain can be made into any shape and color matched perfectly to surrounding teeth.
Veneers provide an answer that is more permanent than whitening or bonding, while providing a minimally invasive cosmetic correction. A very small amount of the natural enamel is removed from the front of teeth that are to be treated. The amount removed is close to the thickness of the veneer. This makes treated teeth appear very natural and virtually undetectable from surrounding teeth.
The teeth are coated with a substance designed to aid in bonding the veneer to the tooth. However, before being permanently cemented, the dentist will “try-in” the veneers to guarantee the fit and shading are a perfect match. Adjustments can be made as needed.
Once satisfied, the veneers are cemented into place. Those dental imperfections are erased, and a brilliant smile has been created.
Caring for dental veneers is as easy as caring for your own natural teeth with one small exception. The protective enamel on teeth is very hard and can withstand more pressure than the porcelain veneer. Avoid biting hard objects like ice or hard candy; do not bite fingernails or use the teeth to open packages. If a veneer is broken, it must be replaced as the enamel under the veneer has been previously removed.
Daily flossing and brushing along with those twice yearly visits to the dentist round out the rules of caring for your porcelain veneers which will provide many years of brilliant smiles.