Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. As a cosmetic dental procedure, dental veneers create a brighter, whiter smile composed of more perfectly aligned and shapely teeth. Veneers are sometimes placed for cosmetic reasons alone, rather than for necessary health purposes. The translucent quality of today’s porcelain veneers provides a more natural look than what has been available to past generations. This allows a beautiful and natural looking smile. Porcelain material is a perfect solution for the demands of your teeth.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. SmileMidtown places veneers routinely and designs each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
Despite the cause of unattractive teeth, veneers alone have the ability to solve most, if not all, of your cosmetic concerns regarding your smile and existing teeth. These problems include:
- Wear and Tear: Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Older teeth are more likely to have cracks, chips, or an uneven appearance.
- Worn Enamel: The thin, hard white substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled, and discolored over time.
- Uneven Teeth: Uneven length or width of teeth can be result of teeth grinding or general wear.
- Genetics: Certain people may be born with abnormal appearance of teeth or spacing between the teeth that grows wider as they age.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. Your dentist will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
How do I get started?
During the initial consultation, Dr. Shuster or Dr. Smith discusses the patients esthetic requirements including the number, color, shape and size of the veneers. During the first clinical appointment, your dentist takes digital images of the before teeth and smile. He then meticulously charts tooth color and form for precise communication to the on-site laboratory. The teeth are prepared to receive veneers and an impression is made. He then customizes temporary veneers and bonds them in place. The patient should evaluate the temporary veneers for relative shape, size and color. The final veneers are ready in approximately 2 weeks. At the subsequent seating appointment, your dentis and you verify fit and appearance of the final veneers. Then the individual veneers are bonded to their corresponding teeth. digital pictures of the after teeth and smile are compared to the before pictures to illustrate the dramatic improvement in the patients smile.