What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. For some patients they are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to the limited need for tooth alteration and for the excellent aesthetic result which can be achieved. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
Veneers are a version of a partial crown where approximately one half of the tooth surface is covered. Veneers are made of a tooth colored material, primarily some form of porcelain, and are utilized to enhance the cosmetic appearance, not to treat decay. When properly utilized they can provide a very natural and strong result. The procedure is highly technique sensitive and very dependent on the training and skill of the ceramicist and the dentist. The result can be the most life like that dentistry can offer.
For some patients they are ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to the limited need for tooth alteration and for the excellent aesthetic result which can be achieved.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
We are fortunate to have available a ceramist who can customize the aesthetic details of the porcelain veneers directly to the satisfaction of each patient. Under ideal conditions porcelain veneers can last over a decade.
The doctor will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.