Although we don’t like to admit it, first impressions are key for everything from job interviews to first dates. A winning smile can boost your confidence and help you achieve your dreams, but unattractive teeth are unfortunately common. If your teeth are stained, yellowed, crooked, or worn out, porcelain veneers can improve your smile. Here’s how.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Thin, color-matched shells of dental porcelain, veneers slip over your teeth. They require only a tiny bit of tooth enamel to be removed, unlike the extensive preparation that is required for crowns. Porcelain veneers are chemically bonded to the teeth, creating a durable, strong solution that can last for years.
What Conditions Can Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers fix cosmetic issues. We must correct any oral health problems before we place them, such as gum disease or tooth decay. For teeth that are healthy but unsightly, though, porcelain veneers can correct a wide range of issues. Here are just a few:
Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down over time, and those who use their teeth as a tool or are fond of chewing on ice or pens see this natural progression happen faster.
Minor breakage: Light trauma such as minor sports injuries or falls can cause chipping or cracking. Severe dental damage must be repaired, but porcelain veneers can cover surface cracks and chips.
Discoloration: Excess fluoride, root canals, large fillings, and even some medications can cause deep discoloration that teeth whitening cannot fix. Veneers are an excellent way to hide this discoloration.
Misshapen or uneven teeth: It is extremely rare to be born with perfect teeth. Porcelain veneers can correct the appearance of teeth that are uneven or misshapen.
Minor gaps or crookedness: Teeth that are badly misaligned must be treated orthodontically, but there is no need to go through the trouble for slight gaps or crookedness. Porcelain veneers allow you to simply cover up the imperfections.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
Few dental restorations are truly permanent, but porcelain veneers are one of the longest-lasting solutions. Strong enough to withstand biting and chewing, they can easily last for more than a decade with proper care.
Porcelain veneers are less prone to yellowing or staining than natural teeth. While whitening must be repeated regularly, veneers will remain bright and healthy with excellent oral hygiene.
Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?
Many people are concerned that porcelain veneers will give them a too-white “game show host” look, but the reality is that porcelain veneers look quite natural. They can be color-matched to your natural teeth, and the dental porcelain mirrors the sheen and translucency of teeth.
If you want a whiter smile, you can have your teeth whitened first and then color-match your veneers to the brighter shade. Just remember that for your natural teeth to match your veneers, you will need to repeat the whitening regularly.
Depending on your individual needs, we may suggest additional procedures. Invisalign, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic treatments ensure that your entire smile looks its best while minimizing the number of veneers that you need.