About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are a thin semi-translucent “shell of porcelain custom made to fit precisely over an existing tooth. They are permanently bonded, held in place by a special resin that adheres to the back of the veneer to the front of the tooth. The finished result is extremely strong and durable.
Though veneers are not suitable for everyone, they are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions affecting the front teeth, including:
- Closing diastema (spaces between teeth).
- Restoring broken or chipped teeth.
- Covering unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
- Correcting uneven or crooked teeth.
Advantages and benefits of Veneers
When your smile is disfigured by decay, abrasion, chipping, breakage or imperfect development, our goal is to restore its¬†natural beauty so you can smile with confidence.
At one time, resin fillings or crowns were the only available treatment for the type of conditions. Today, a third alternative is available- one with proven results.¬† There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers applied to your front teeth
These may include any or all of the following considerations:
- Only a small amount of tooth structure is removed during the procedure.
- A healthy natural look is achieved with little or no discomfort
- Veneers are often less expensive than alternative procedures.
- Veneers are strong, durable and color stable.
How Are Veneers Different From Fillings or Crowns?
Filling is used when only a small amount of tooth structure needs to be replaced or repaired
A full crown is indicated when a tooth has had a root canal treatment or when a substantial amount of the entire tooth structure has been lost. A porcelain veneer is indicated when a portion of the front surface of tooth needs a “face lift”.
What Can You Expect From Your Veneers?
Veneers can last for years, depending on how well you take care of them, Because veneers are stronger than simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping. However , it is important to maintain regular oral hygiene, to avoid bad habits such as biting nails or chewing ice and to visit us regularly for routine cleaning and exams. These precautions will ensure that your veneers will last a long time and keep looking as good as new.
The decision to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers is a personal one. Even a subtle change in your smile can make an exceptional difference in the way you look and feel, and, on your social outlook.¬†There is no question that a beautiful smile goes a long way toward improving, your self-confidence in both personal and professional circles.
- Dr. Tongela Williams, Dentist, Beautiful Smiles-Clinton, MD