Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic option to enhancing your smile. They can not only make your smile whiter, but also change the shape and size of your teeth to better suit your facial features, your personality, and your lifestyle. They can make your smile look healthier, while also boosting your self esteem, showing the world how brightly you can shine.
What are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, but durable and long lasting tooth colored pieces that are bonded directly onto your existing teeth. Less invasive than crowns, which can also be used to achieve the same result, veneers allow you to save more of your natural tooth structure because of their thin material. Less preparatory work is also needed because only enough tooth structure needs to be removed for the veneers to bond to the tooth.
Custom made for you!
Custom made for your style, both the shape and color are selected by you and your dentist. They say that dentistry has an artistic aspect, which is especially evident when choosing veneers. Your dentist can guide you towards choosing a color and contour that matches your features well. However, in the end, it will always be your final say, because although the dentist may feel like they have an aesthetic eye, it is you who will have to see your smile every day for the rest of your life. And we want you to have one that makes you the best that you can be!
Why would I get Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are for cosmetic improvement or for fixing any of the following problems:
- Crooked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Stained teeth
- Spaces in your smile
- Misshapen teeth
- Overly large or small teeth
It takes two visits to get veneers. During the first visit, the teeth on which the veneers will be placed (usually only the upper front teeth which define your smile) will be prepared by shaving away just enough tooth structure so that your veneers will have a place to bond to. Then an impression is taken and the lab will use this mold to create your veneers. The color and shape of the veneers will also be chosen by you and the dentist.
On your second visit, the prepared teeth will first be washed with a special fluid that will help the veneers to bond best to your tooth. The veneers are then cemented onto your tooth surface, and a laser light is shined to cure (harden) the bond. And it’s as easy as that! Say hello to the new, and improved, you!
As with everything else, veneers are durable but may need replacement after a few years. To make them last as long as possible, practicing good hygiene and coming in for your regular visits are most ideal.