If you have an uneven gum line or teeth that are crowded, crooked, gapped, slightly chipped, stained or discolored, you should consider getting porcelain veneers. Patients who wish for a brighter smile or straighter teeth, but who are not ideal candidates for braces or their teeth discoloration is beyond the help of teeth whitening should consider this option as those patients have found porcelain veneers gave similar results.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover the front surface of a tooth. The veneers are bonded onto the tooth, creating a natural-looking improvement to your smile and requires no additional maintenance. They can last between seven and 15 years.
What are the benefits?
They’re Stain Resistant
Porcelain veneers are beneficial in that they resist stains better than resin veneers. They are also non-porous so they can resist cavities better than natural tooth enamel. Because they are difficult to stain, porcelain veneers are considered low maintenance. Still brush your teeth twice a day and floss on a daily basis to continue good oral health.
They Give You A Whiter Smile
Porcelain veneers can provide a whiter smile. They can be glazed in a variety of shades, so if you’re having just a couple veneers bonded onto your smile Dr. Elena C. Puig can match their color to your natural teeth. If you’re choosing to put veneers on every tooth, their color can be lightened several shades, creating a whiter smile.
They Require Little Enamel Removal
Enamel is a precious thing to lose. Whereas dental crowns and bridges require more enamel to be removed to fit over a tooth or multiple teeth, dental veneers are bonded with the tooth so less enamel is required to be removed. The strength of the porcelain is strong and protects your natural teeth from damage.
They Improve Overall Appearance of Teeth
Not only do veneers correct stains and can whiten a smile, but they can also close small gaps between teeth ensuring your teeth are perfectly spaced. They can also change the height and thickness of teeth, ensuring your teeth are uniform and improving the overall appearance of your smile.
How is the procedure done?
Getting veneers typically takes a couple of appointments to get the completed result. The first step is the cosmetic consultation with Dr. Puig. She will listen to your needs and your desired smile. Using her expertise, she’ll examine your teeth to ensure veneers are appropriate for the smile you’re trying to achieve. She will design your veneers to suit your facial shape, coloring, style and personality. A skilled ceramist at our lab will take that design and craft your veneers from high-quality dental porcelain while you wear a temporary set.
Once your porcelain veneers are complete, Dr. Puig will prep your teeth for cosmetic bonding. Some tooth surfaces may need to be reshaped so the veneer will be added while looking natural. Once the preparation is complete, she will securely bond them in place, revitalizing your smile.
If you think porcelain veneers are right for you, call our office or use this form to request a cosmetic consultation.