Dental veneers can enhance or correct your smile by concealing stains, chips, injuries, or worn and misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers look incredibly natural, are long lasting and resistant to staining, making them one of the best cosmetic options available for patients seeking a brighter, straighter, undamaged smile.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are porcelain laminates that are bonded to the facial (front) portion of our teeth.
Made of ultra-thin, customized material, dental veneers are designed to slide over your teeth; they can be as thin as 0.2 mm and are considered a very conservative treatment option in esthetic dentistry.
Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic options for people who have discolored or otherwise damaged teeth that affect the appearance of their smile. As patient’s demands for better esthetics have increased in recent years, so have the needs for restorative materials that closely mimic the natural dentition.
Based on current standards of care, dental ceramics are the most modern and predictable material for dental veneers. Dental ceramics provide the best strength, translucency, bonding properties and color stability over time.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers have a very natural appearance, with a natural translucency and opalescence that closely matches natural teeth. They should be carefully planned following a detailed smile analysis that will include dental impressions, photographs, videos and a diagnostic mock up or wax up.
Unlike full mouth reconstruction or extensive bridgework and crowns, dental veneers can be cemented quickly. New technologies are allowing cosmetic dentists to scan the shape of existing teeth and to construct veneers directly in the office. This process can take as little as a single hour during one visit. Even the traditional process that involves two trips to the office takes far less time than other smile enhancement procedures like implants. This speed means the patient can return to normal life quickly without having to deal with an incomplete dental procedure for days or weeks.
Dental veneers can be bonded to our teeth. In addition to the ease of application, modern cements that are used to bond the veneers to the teeth cure quickly and last for a long time; the veneer is supported by the underlying original tooth. Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to staining than natural teeth, meaning the veneers could remain bright with just standard oral care and regular cleanings from our experienced staff. A new set of veneers could last for decades when cared for properly.
One more benefit of dental veneers is the flexibility they allow for specific dental cases. Veneers can cover a single tooth or an entire line of teeth. They can be tinted so that they blend in with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, and can then be treated just like natural teeth. In fact, many patients say they don’t even notice the presence of new veneers after a few weeks. Dentists can even use veneers to correct minor misalignments of natural teeth by simply attaching the material so that the teeth appear to be straight.