What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that can be attached to the front teeth. These veneers essentially cover up any flaws, imperfections and problems that you might have when it comes to the appearance of your smile. Veneers are thin, but they’re incredibly durable and long-lasting. Most porcelain veneers can last for upwards of 10 or more years before they should be replaced.
Why might you need Porcelain Veneers?
You might need veneers because your front teeth are chipped, cracked, stained, discolored, unsightly, uneven or if you have spaces and gaps between them. Rather than go through more aggressive treatment to correct these flaws, veneers can be used to cover up what you already have. Some of our patients want to have veneers placed because they are planning a big event, like a wedding. Regardless of why you want or need veneers, they’re a durable solution to many smile problems.
Who is a candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
To determine if veneers are right for you, we’ll perform a thorough examination of your teeth. Your front teeth should be healthy enough to hold onto the veneers and be free of decay and major dental problems. Most patients who want veneers can successfully have them made and placed. If you have older veneers that are showing signs of wear, we’ll recommend having them replaced.
What happens during the Porcelain Veneer procedure?
We start by slightly roughing up the surface of the front teeth. Not only does this prevent the veneers from looking too bulky, but it helps when they are being attached to the actual teeth. We then take impressions and use these detailed molds of your teeth to make the porcelain veneers. The veneers are then placed onto your front teeth at a second visit. Placement is crucial to getting the veneers to look as natural and beautiful as possible. You can expect the new porcelain veneers to last for 10 or more years. They can be brushed and flossed as you would your normal teeth.
If you would like to come into our office to consult with us about veneers, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.