Porcelain veneers are used in dentistry to change the shape, size, or appearance of teeth. Veneers are a great solution for people who have chipped, cracked, crooked, discolored or worn teeth. They are very thin pieces of porcelain that fit over your teeth and are natural in appearance without feeling bulky. Veneers are typically used for aesthetic purposes, but porcelain crowns can be used with veneers to help patients who may need to correct functional issues with their teeth (such as biting and chewing). They are placed using a permanent bonding material and are as strong as natural enamel which means that (with proper care and maintenance) porcelain veneers can last indefinitely.
What Kinds of Dental Problems Can Veneers Fix?
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Teeth Discoloration Corrections
- Previous dental work
- Worn or short teeth
- Crooked teeth
Reason #1: Porcelain Veneers Give You a Natural Looking Smile
Modern porcelain veneers are very thin (about the thickness of a contact lens) and do not appear bulky or oversized. Prepping for veneers involves reducing your teeth so that the veneers can be permanently bonded. No other dental procedure can achieve the same effect as applying permanent porcelain veneers, so it’s wonderful for patients looking for a long-term solution to fix their smile.
Reason #2: You Can Customize Your Veneers to Your Liking
When you come to our office for your consultation, we’ll discuss what you like and don’t like about your smile. You’ll have the opportunity to tell us what you’re looking for in a new smile, including the shape, size, and brightness of your veneers. Since Dr. Carlson creates the veneers right in our in-office lab, all customization can be easily implemented. To be sure that you are getting the smile you want, you’ll wear temporary veneers, or a “Trial Smile,” for a couple weeks. Though they do feel a bit different than your permanent veneers, temporary veneers will give you a good idea of the look that will be achieved with your new smile.
Reason #3: Veneers Can Make You Appear Younger
As you age, your teeth may end up becoming discolored, crack due to brittleness, or move apart (especially if you stop wearing that retainer the orthodontist gave you years ago!). Veneers can help in maintaining a youthful appearance for years to come.
Reason #4: Veneers Can Give You a Huge Boost of Confidence
It’s been reported in several studies that one of the first things people notice about you is your smile. In addition to making you appear younger, veneers will allow you to smile, laugh, and talk freely without feeling the need to cover your mouth. For many of our patients that have been embarrassed by their less-than-ideal smile for years (sometimes even decades!), this means feeling confident to pursue romantic relationships, job promotions, or even find the courage to simply say ‘hi’ to others when they’re waiting in line at the grocery store. Instead of hiding their teeth with their hand, they proudly show off their smile and feel great about themselves.
Reason #5: You May Be Able to Avoid Braces by Getting Porcelain Veneers
Depending on the case, porcelain veneers may be a great way to avoid having to spend years in braces.Although it can vary by patient, crooked teeth and gaps between teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers instead of orthodontics.
Reason #6: Veneers Can Fix Tetracycline Staining
Tetracycline staining is a frustrating problem for many people. Caused by antibiotic use before doctors were aware of the side-effects (graying of tooth enamel and underlying layers of teeth), tetracycline staining is virtually impossible to correct with traditional bleaching methods. Porcelain veneers are effective in covering the grayness of the teeth so that they appear white and natural. You can view before and after photos of discolored teeth here.
If you’ve thought about how cosmetic dentistry, specifically porcelain veneers, might enhance your life, your appearance, or your confidence, call our office to set up a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your ideal smile, review your treatment options, and set up a treatment plan that will fit your schedule.