Cosmetic dentistry is transforming lives through complete smile makeovers, and porcelain veneers are cosmetic dentistry’s most powerful and versatile treatment. They can be used to fix gapped teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and deeply discolored teeth that teeth whitening cannot improve. They can be used to completely reshape your smile, transforming it from one that is old, worn, or just unattractive, into a youthful, fresh, and striking smile that commands attention. And in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist, the results can look completely natural, so that no one has to know about your veneers unless you tell them.
They are valued because they have the power to completely transform a smile in just a few short visits. Porcelain veneers can help if your teeth are:
Best of all, porcelain veneers can correct all these problems simultaneously. It doesn’t really take any longer to correct all these problems than it takes to correct just one.
Porcelain veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that can be attached to the front and top of your teeth to reshape them. By creating a completely new front and top of your teeth, it allows you to overcome the limits of teeth whitening to have teeth that are whatever color you want them to be.
At your first appointment, we will talk about the current appearance of your teeth and your dream smile so that we can design it for you.
At your second appointment, your teeth will be prepared to receive porcelain veneers. Veneers are designed to fit smoothly on the surface of your teeth, creating an attractive, natural appearance. Impressions are taken at this point and sent along with the smile design to the dental lab where they will be made.
At your third appointment, your veneers will be fitted to your teeth. You will have the chance to look at them and evaluate them before they are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Many people hear the word “porcelain” and think fragile, but porcelain veneers are made of an advanced ceramic and are very durable. Studies show that 90-95% of porcelain veneers are still in place 10 years later, and up to 85% of veneers are in place after 20 years.
However, the life of your porcelain veneers can be reduced by neuromuscular dysfunction or if you are trying to put a veneer on a dead tooth. It’s also important to take proper care of your implants to extend their life.
Porcelain veneers are great in most situations, but if you are looking to close black triangles in your smile with a quick, inexpensive, conservative treatment, consider BioClear. BioClear uses a flowable composite to fill in around the base of your teeth, reshaping each tooth to close the black triangular gaps. It’s not as attractive or long-lasting as veneers, but in many cases, it’s the best choice.