Smile improvement is a creative process, as well as a scientific one. The final result should be a well-balanced, esthetically pleasing smile with perfect symmetry and blemish-free teeth. The process, however, should focus on limiting the disturbance to healthy tooth structure to improve your newly-restored smile’s long-term health and longevity.
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of dental porcelain that are sculpted to match the specific dimensions of your teeth. They can help improve the appearance of a single tooth or revive a smile with multiple unsightly teeth, and their diversity makes them an ideal cosmetic solution in a variety of different situations.
As a cosmetic treatment, porcelain veneers are most effective when they’re unnoticeable. The porcelain used to create veneers is the same used for a number of other dental restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Also known as dental ceramic, dental porcelain is custom-tinted to match your specific tooth color, and the thin, slightly-translucent material is layered to mimic the light-reflecting properties of healthy tooth enamel.
As veneers, dental porcelain imitates the front surfaces of the teeth that the veneers are intended to improve. When bonded to the teeth, porcelain veneers create a new, blemish-free face for your smile.
Their lifelike appearance and remarkable diversity make porcelain veneers a go-to solution for a number of cosmetic dental needs, including;
- Severe tooth stains that do not react to teeth whitening
- Minor chips and surface cracks
- Minor tooth misalignment; can avoid the need for braces in some cases
- Empty spaces, or “black triangles,” that separate oddly-spaced teeth
- Excessively worn teeth
- Slightly misshapen teeth
- And more