A Look at Porcelain Veneers

a look at porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers offer a highly-effective, yet minimally-invasive, solution to making over a smile, even if it is marred by numerous cosmetic blemishes. If you exhibit multiple esthetic issues, then veneers can create a brand new look for your smile by concealing and correcting all of your concerns at once. The small, wafer-thin shells of porcelain are crafted to your teeth’s unique specifications, then bonded to their front surfaces with minimal preparation. Because they are among the most versatile and effective options, porcelain veneers can often provide a complete smile makeover with just a single procedure.

What Veneers Do for Your Smile

Most cosmetic dental treatments are designed to address a specific type of concern. For instance, teeth whitening is particularly for dull, stained teeth; Invisalign® was created to correct crooked teeth; and tooth bonding/contouring is typically prescribe to reshape one or more teeth.

By contrast, veneers can address a multitude of different issues by replacing the front, most visible portions of one or more teeth, which often makes them the best choice for;

  • Eliminating stains and discoloration from your smile
  • Enlarging teeth that appear too small
  • Straightening teeth that are slightly out of alignment
  • Improving teeth that are chipped, or have jagged edges
  • Covering excessive spaces between teeth
  • And more

Choosing Veneers Over Other Cosmetic Options

Despite their versatility, porcelain veneers are not always the preferable option, even if they would suffice. If you can improve your smile with a simple teeth whitening treatment, then modifying your teeth to support veneers may not be a good idea. If you only have a single tooth that needs improvement, then bonding/contouring could be a better solution.

Also, if one or more teeth have suffered serious damage or exhibit signs of tooth decay, then cosmetic treatment might not suffice to fix the problem. Instead, your dentist will likely suggest an appropriate restorative treatment, like a tooth filling, root canal treatment, and/or a dental crown.