For many patients, porcelain veneers offer the same results as dental crowns, teeth whitening, and orthodontics all in a single treatment. Since veneers are placed over the top of teeth, your dentist can customize them to conceal a range of concerns. Porcelain veneers can enhance teeth affected by a variety of issues, including:
- Spacing and gaps
- Overlaps and misalignments
- Worn or disproportionate teeth
Veneers are made from a mold of your teeth and then sized to provide the exact amount of coverage you need. Based on your specific needs, porcelain veneers can make teeth appear larger or more symmetrical. In addition, you can choose to match the current color of your smile or combine veneers with whitening and choose a brighter, more brilliant shade.
Natural tooth enamel is translucent, meaning light shines through the top layer and reflects off the underlying dentin. This process gives teeth a healthy sheen. Dental porcelain mimics much of the natural translucency of teeth, making porcelain veneers virtually indistinguishable from enamel. Other materials, such as the composite resin used in dental bonding, are opaque and cannot offer the same lifelike results as veneers.
Veneer placement is a quick and simple procedure which typically only requires two visits.
A Lasting Solution
With proper care and maintenance, dental veneers can last 10 to 15 years or longer. The material used for veneers is very stain-resistant. In contrast with teeth whitening, which requires frequent touch-ups, veneers can maintain their color for years. In addition, dental porcelain is strong enough that you can continue to enjoy many of your favorite foods without worry.