Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that cover the entire front of teeth. They are designed to look and function just like natural teeth—so you can smile confidently. Porcelain is semi-translucent, which means that some light passes through the veneer and reflects off the natural teeth beneath it to give a natural appearance. Colors are also quite natural looking with porcelain veneers. Some patients worry that their veneers will look too white or unnatural. However, experienced dental lab technicians can match your real teeth as closely as possible to give you a beautiful smile you want.
The dentist will first remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth to make room for the veneer. Then, they will make an impression of your tooth and send it to the lab for the fabrication of your custom veneers. Before they are bonded in place, your dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. Once they are in place, they will help to protect the tooth against further problems or decay while still looking natural and mimicking the appearance of your other teeth.
Absolutely! Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers are people with cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth, as well as those with uneven spacing between their teeth. Porcelain veneers can also mask discoloration, including that which is caused by smoking or by tetracycline use in childhood.
For patients seeking a natural-looking smile makeover, porcelain veneers are a great solution. The ceramic material mimics the translucent appearance of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal material for concealing imperfections and making smiles appear straighter and more uniform. Since they’re crafted from an impression of the patient’s natural teeth, the final result looks completely cohesive with the rest of his or her teeth. What’s more, this restorative procedure doesn’t involve any painful shots; it’s performed without any anesthesia using an anesthetic gel applied to the gums for comfort.
Since the side effects of porcelain veneers are also minimal, many patients choose this cosmetic dentistry treatment over others. Because the material is thin, it doesn’t compromise the strength or structure of the patient’s natural teeth. Additionally, they leave behind no residual stains on the teeth over time. In addition, since porcelain is a stain-resistant material, your gorgeous new smile will stay bright and white for years to come!
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of porcelain veneers? Schedule an appointment with your dentist to learn more about this cosmetic option and how it can transform your smile!