Porcelain Veneers – Create that Winning Smile!
When you look in the mirror – what do you see? Do you see a bright and beautifully aligned smile, or one that has dulled over the years, complete with chipped or uneven teeth? Do people compliment you on your teeth? Do you wish they would?
If you want a winning smile, one that covers up those stained, chipped and worn out teeth, then a participating dentist has an incredible technique that makes your smile look brand new again and like to share it with you.
For more information on porcelain veneers call a dentist near you to schedule an appointment to see about a “lift” for your teeth!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted “shells” that are applied and bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth in your smile “zone.” They are used to cosmetically correct teeth that are crooked or misshapen or to cover up gaps, stains and chips in your teeth.
How are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
In order to create a custom, natural fit, the dentist starts by meeting with you to determine the “look” you’d like to achieve, while checking the appropriateness of your teeth for veneers and obtaining the best color matches.
Next, the dentist lightly sands the enamel on the teeth to be fitted with veneers to maintain the same tooth thickness. Then, we take an impression of your teeth so the veneers can be shaped for a perfect fit, with the correct color and shape. While your new “teeth” are being made, we may place temporary veneers on your teeth until the permanent ones are ready.
At the next visit, the dentist will have you approve the color and shape of your new veneers prior to cementing them. Your teeth will be cleaned with a mild acidic solution and then a tooth-colored bonding adhesive is applied along with the veneers to cement them into place. Then the veneers are buffed to blend in with your other teeth. And Voila! A new smile! A happy face!
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
As a conservative dental approach to cover teeth imperfections and fill in the gaps, porcelain veneers are an ideal choice because:
- Very little of the actual tooth enamel is removed.
- They provide a natural-looking alternative that is less expensive than crowns.
- They are strong and stain-resistant.
- With proper care, they can last 10-15 years.
- The procedure produces very little pain or discomfort.
Porcelain veneers are not only aesthetically pleasing, they’re functional because they protect your damaged teeth. They may also save you time and money and eliminate the need for more invasive crowns if the dentist feels they are a good “fit” for your teeth!