What are Porcelain Veneers?
Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain which covers the front surface of the tooth. They can be used on any teeth that show when you smile. Veneers have been used to "instantly" close gaps between teeth, straighten crooked teeth, permanently whiten stained teeth or create better shaped teeth. The main advantage of using veneers instead of full crowns is the minimal natural tooth removal in the preparation process. Porcelain Veneers rarely stain, chip or break. In fact, they are extremely strong and can last many years. They feel like your natural teeth and in most cases only a few visits are needed to create a spectacular new smile with porcelain veneers.
Your teeth will be shaped as conservatively as possible. This is accomplished by proper planning before treatment and by using high powered magnification. In fact, teeth that have been filled or are particularly worn overtime will actually be strengthened and protected by this process.
How long do they last?
Our goal is that with good oral health, the simple care, and regular check-ups, they should last over 15 years. Grinding, clenching, finger nail biting or biting on hard brittle foods may damage the veneers and subsequently affect their longevity. In these cases, a simple bite guard makes all the difference.
What is involved in getting Veneers?
This procedure is generally performed to correct chipped, stained, or crooked teeth. A thin layer of your natural tooth structure is reshaped and is replaced by a porcelain facing. This porcelain piece will have the ideal anatomy and color that will match perfectly to your facial structure and skin tone. A treatment plan will be designed to meet each unique smile. Veneers will consist of three (2) dental visits: Visit one- Your teeth are prepared and a final impression is taken and sent to our porcelain ceramic specialist. Custom-made temporary veneers are fabricated and placed at this appointment. They will look like the final veneers and will allow you to test-drive your new smile. Visit Two - Within 7 to 14 days your customized porcelain veneers are ready for cementation. You will have a dramatically improved smile with beautiful and natural looking porcelain veneers.