One of the most effective types of cosmetic dentistry treatment is a porcelain veneer. Veneers can give you a perfectly proportioned, natural-looking smile with the luster and coloration of real enamel. This treatment is also highly versatile, and is appropriate for a wide variety of cosmetic issues.
Choosing Porcelain Veneers
If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, your cosmetic dentist can determine whether veneers are an appropriate treatment. There are several advantages to this type of treatment. It is relatively non-invasive, as very little re-shaping must be done to the tooth to make room for the veneer. The veneer itself is very thin, and is custom made to fit your tooth exactly, as well as to achieve any cosmetic changes you wish to make in the tooth, such as making the tooth look symmetrical, larger, or more regularly shaped. The porcelain itself is color-matched to your tooth enamel so it will be virtually indistinguishable from untreated teeth next to it. The porcelain is partially translucent just like natural enamel, which also gives it a more natural appearance, unlike many types of crowns that give the tooth an opaque, “plastic” appearance.
Some issues commonly treated with veneers include:
- Severe discoloration
- Surface damage like pitting or cracks
- Misshapen teeth
- Minor misalignment
- Slight gaps
Some of these issues require different treatment, such as more serious misalignment or gaps, so be sure to consult with your cosmetic dentist to determine the best treatment for your specific issues.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers
Placing a veneer is generally accomplished in two dental visits. First, your teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the veneer. Then a mold is made of your teeth, from which the permanent veneer will be manufactured. A temporary veneer helps protect your tooth while the permanent one is made at an off-site lab. When it is finish, it’s affixed to the tooth surface with a permanent adhesive.
To find out how you can benefit from veneers, contact our skilled dental team at 281-256-6866 today.