Behind most perfectly white and straight smiles is the work of a cosmetic dentist. In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has become more accessible and available to people from all walks of life. In the past, improving the appearance of teeth was a luxury for the wealthy and well known, but today, nearly anyone can benefit from cosmetic procedures. One method for producing a beautiful and stunning smile is through placing porcelain veneers. These wafer thin cosmetic enhancements can conceal any kind of smile imperfection permanently.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are essentially shell-like pieces of porcelain that are crafted to resemble a tooth. Used as an enhancement, veneers are permanently bonded over the front surfaces of teeth to hide unsightly flaws. When multiple veneers are placed, patients with previously crooked and stained teeth can achieve a perfectly straight, proportionate, and white smile.
Receiving veneers is a relatively simple procedure for a patient. First, our dentist will reduce the enamel portion of a tooth slightly and then take molds of the teeth. These molds are then sent to a dental laboratory where certified technicians will use them to create custom veneers from high quality blocks of porcelain. Once the veneers are ready, patients will return to our practice for the final bonding process. After gently etching the tooth to create a base for the veneer, a permanent adhesive is applied to the teeth that will harden and hold the veneers in place. With proper care, patients can expect their veneers to last for years.
Why Porcelain is an Ideal Material
Porcelain is used to ensure that a patient enjoys a natural looking enhancement to their smile. This is because porcelain comes in an array of white shades, has the same luster that biological teeth do, and mimics the “feel” of natural tooth structure. In addition to its very lifelike appearance, porcelain is also very resistant to staining and quite durable.
Veneers Produce a Total Smile Makeover
If you suffer with multiple types of smile imperfections such as irregularly shaped teeth, dark stains, and misaligned teeth, you will likely benefit from receiving veneers. The only way to be certain if this cosmetic procedure is right for your needs is to schedule a smile makeover consultation with our caring and experienced dentist. At your appointment, we will evaluate your oral health and discuss your concerns.