Cosmetic Dentistry, Veneers, Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are similar to dental crowns, but rather than cover the entire tooth, they cover the front and sometimes sides of a tooth. Porcelain veneers are a popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry because they correct a number of aesthetic and functional dental concerns, including:
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Uneven or crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. The fine dental porcelain that is used to create these ultra thin restorations reflects light just as natural tooth enamel would.
The procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation, where our dentists inspect the teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints and muscles. We also review your medical and dental history, take necessary diagnostic x-rays and imaging as well as screen for periodontal disease. Once we’ve outlined a treatment plan, we’ll discuss in detail the specifics of your procedure as well as the time and cost associated with your porcelain veneers.
To accommodate the space the veneers will take in the mouth, our dentists must prepare the teeth by removing a tiny amount of the natural tooth structure. We believe in taking the most conservative approach possible and remove as little of the natural tooth as possible.
While the porcelain veneers are being made at a dental laboratory, we may fit you for temporaries. This will also give you an opportunity to “try on” your proposed treatment to be sure they are exactly what you had in mind. The final porcelain veneers will be tinted to match the color of your natural teeth and they will be permanently bonded to the front of your teeth for beautiful and natural looking results.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are durable and highly resistant to stains from food and drink so you can be sure your smile will remain youthful and bright. As with any dental restoration, regular visits to the dentist are needed to monitor and maintain the longevity of your porcelain veneers.
There are various options for patients considering veneers for teeth. If porcelain veneers are not an option, we may recommend alternative treatments such as dental bonding which can temporarily improve the appearance of your smile for a fraction of the cost.
, Cosmetic Dentistry
, Discolored Teeth
, Porcelain Veneers