Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with our dentist.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Solve Multiple Dental Problems at Once
One of the most significant advantages of porcelain veneers is the fact that they can solve so many dental problems at the same time including:
- misaligned teeth
- cracked teeth
However, porcelain veneers can serve more than just an aesthetic purpose. Veneers can also protect teeth and improve the function and improve your smile by:
- Making teeth more symmetrical
- Creating a smooth arc to your bite
- Splinting cracked teeth
- Making short teeth more proportionate
An Alternative to Orthodontics
Braces is a huge commitment and investment of your time and energy. Instead of resorting to orthodontics, porcelain veneers allow you to quickly and effectively correct minor dental problems with your teeth.
For example, teeth that project too far backward or forward can be reshaped by our dentists so when veneers are applied, the arch of your teeth improves and make your smile attractive.
A Whiter Smile for Everyone
Porcelain veneers can help whiten your smile, veneers will be matched to a bright and natural color.
The translucent quality of each veneer allows light to pass through and reflect off your natural teeth, giving your smile a lustrous aesthetic depth. The non-porous surface of porcelain veneers also helps protect against future stains, maintaining the beauty of your smile for many years to come.
How Durable are Porcelain Veneers
The expected lifespan of a porcelain veneer is somewhere between 7 and 20 years. Veneers sometimes may be dislodged or chipped. If this happens, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, over time, the living tooth and gum tissue around the veneers will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers.
If my teeth are reshaped for veneers or crowns, what will they look like? Will they be sensitive?
Generally, cemented restorations, such as crowns or veneers (see the procedure section), will require two visits: one to shape the teeth and one to cement the restorations to the teeth. Between visits, your dentist can place attractive provisional restorations to help prevent sensitivity, allow limited function, and provide a nice smile. These temporaries are designed to be in your mouth for a limited time, but should be comfortable and natural looking until your new smile is completed.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
No, porcelain veneers should never stain.
How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?
This concern will be addressed by your dental professional. Most people get their veneers in a whiter shade than their natural teeth and then undergo tooth whitening to create a matching aesthetic.
How much does my dental veneers cost?
The cost for dental veneers ranges depending on the material of choice. Placing veneers also requires a high degree of technical skills, attention to cosmetic details and considerable amount of clinical time. All these are factored into the costing.