If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your front teeth, there is a wonderful solution in sight with porcelain veneers. These are thin coverings made from dental porcelain -- a sturdy, natural-looking material -- that can mask any number of imperfections. Porcelain veneers are customizable, long-lasting, and, best of all, beautiful. Keep reading to learn more about this popular option in cosmetic dentistry from the team at Costello Dental Excellence.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are shells that are affixed to the front surface of the teeth that show when you smile. They are made from dental porcelain, which looks just like your natural tooth enamel. Once veneers have been affixed to the front side of the teeth, they will cover up virtually any cosmetic blemish or imperfection. Your dentist will build a customized treatment plan to ensure your veneers match the size, shade, and shape that suits you best. With proper care and maintenance, including excellent oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist, veneers can last for up to 20 years.
Porcelain veneers offer a number of benefits for patients who are considering cosmetic dentistry. These advantages include…
- Correct all dental imperfections with a single treatment
- Dental porcelain reflects light in the same way as your natural teeth
- Veneers are highly resistant to stains and discoloration
- Minor dental misalignments (like gaps between teeth) can be fixed without braces
- Veneers can last for years and years with proper care
What Is the Process for Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are placed over the course of two visits to your cosmetic dentist. The first appointment is reserved for preparation of the tooth enamel and taking impressions and x-rays of the teeth. Temporary veneers will cover the prepared teeth in the time between appointments while the permanent restorations are being created. Once they are finished, about one to two weeks later, you will return to our office for their final placement. Your dentist will remove the temporaries, apply a special etching solution to the tooth to encourage bonding, and then permanently affix the veneers to the prepared teeth. And that’s it! We know you will love the results.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Many adult patients are eligible for porcelain veneers. They are reserved for cosmetically imperfect but otherwise healthy teeth, so we will schedule a checkup and cleaning before beginning the process. If you have a broken, decayed, or otherwise structurally flawed tooth, the best solution may be a dental crown. We will discuss all of your restorative options to ensure you receive the one that is truly best for you. Whatever your smile needs, we can help you love your teeth once again!
How Can I Learn More About Dental Veneers?
If you would like to learn more about veneers, including whether or not they are a good option for your less-than-perfect front teeth, we can’t wait to discuss this dazzling option. Your cosmetic dentist is here to help with all of your smile needs! Please don’t hesitate to contact the office of Costello Dental Excellence today.