Porcelain Dental Veneers Can Enhance Your Smile
Some people who come into our office here in Allen, Texas, have minor cosmetic defects in their teeth. These defects are typically a source of embarrassment to them and they want to get them fixed. Doing so generally improves their self-confidence and ability to relate to others.
What Are Dental Veneers And How Can They Help My Smile?
Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks.
Although dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits of veneers include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns. So in reality, it’s not just science, it’s an art, as well.
Porcelain Veneers are used to give a person beautiful and healthy teeth. Typically porcelain veneers are used to fix:
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
A confident smile is the best gift you could ever give yourself or anyone else.
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.
Porcelain laminate veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel, and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is necessary as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.
The process typically only involves a couple of visits to the dentist and is relatively quick and painless.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional.
Veneers or Teeth Whitening … Which is Best?
The answer to this question really depends on the condition of your teeth and the goals you have for your smile.
For normally discolored teeth, professional whitening can offer a beautiful white smile. If your teeth are in good shape functionally and aesthetically, teeth whitening is typically the easiest option for a white smile.
If your teeth are severely discolored or have tetracycline stains, porcelain dental veneers may be the better option to create your ideal smile. Porcelain veneers allow you to totally control the esthetics, color and contour of your teeth.
It’s never been easier to wake up to a beautiful smile. Call today and schedule your consultation. 214-547-1010