You can have the smile you’ve always wanted with porcelain veneers.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of high quality dental porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to recreate the look of natural tooth enamel and cosmetically improve the smile. They can be used to correct severely stained or chipped teeth, to change tooth size and shape, close gaps, or correct misalignment.
Advantages to veneers are that they are stain resistant, have a natural appearance and are more conservative than crowns.
What is the porcelain veneer procedure?
The dentist will gently shape your teeth removing a small layer of enamel so that the porcelain veneers will sit properly on the teeth. The day the teeth are prepared, temporary veneers are placed so the patient can test drive their new smile while the dental ceramist is crafting the natural looking veneers. The veneers are then bonded to the teeth with dental resin.
How long will veneers last?
With proper care veneers can last 7-20 years or beyond. While the veneer will not decay it is possible to get a cavity on the underlying tooth structure. Also, harmful habits such as nail biting, chewing ice and opening packages with the teeth may harm the veneers just like they can harm the natural tooth. Patients that grind their teeth may need to wear a nighttime oral appliance to protect the veneers.
With today’s advanced materials veneers make it possible for patients to have the natural looking beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.