Enhance Your Smile

Dental Veneers

Teeth are more resilient than we sometimes realize. They are able to endure continual movement and wear. However, they can still become worn down or stained over time. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of problems like minor cracks, chips, or discoloration, your dentist can correct these problems with porcelain veneers.

What are porcelain veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can restore your smile. They cover up minor defects in teeth and are custom-made to fit the unique shape of your teeth. 

Porcelain makes an excellent material for dental veneers, as it is strong and durable. Porcelain also provides a close match to the appearance of natural teeth and is highly stain resistant.

Porcelain Veneers Benefits

  • Instant smile whitening
  • Repairs minor cosmetic damage
  • Replaces worn-out tooth enamel
  • Corrects position and shape of teeth 

The other type of dental veneer is made from composite.

What are composite veneers? 

Composite veneers are a type of dental veneer consisting of composite resin. Your dentist molds the composite resin directly onto your treated teeth to enhance their appearance. Composite veneers are typically used in the same way as porcelain veneers, although porcelain is more appropriate if you are looking for resistance to stains.

Should I get composite or porcelain veneers?

The answer usually comes down to the patient’s budget. The main advantage of composite is its affordability when compared to porcelain. Composite is more susceptible to staining and becoming damaged. However, it makes a nice choice, particularly for those who cannot currently afford porcelain.

Getting composite veneers may also be more desirable for those who do not want any of their tooth enamel removed. Getting composite veneers only requires one dental appointment. 

Placing Porcelain Veneers

In most cases, patients receive porcelain veneers over the course of two dental appointments. At your first dental appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth for your new porcelain veneers. They will create an impression of your teeth that allows for the creation of a mold. Your dentist then sends this mold to a dental lab, which fabricates your porcelain veneers. 

Your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for your porcelain veneers. While you are waiting for them to be sent back from the dental lab, your dentist will place temporary dental veneers to protect your teeth.

Finally, you will return for a subsequent appointment when your permanent porcelain veneers are ready. Your dentist will then permanently bond them onto your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers Candidates

Porcelain dental veneers can make a tremendous difference in the appearance of your teeth and smile. Most patients qualify to receive porcelain veneers, although those with certain types of oral diseases, teeth grinding, tooth decay, or unhealthy gums may not be appropriate candidates. 

To determine if you would make a good candidate to receive porcelain veneers, or to request additional information about this popular cosmetic dental procedure, feel free to contact our office at any time.

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