Smile improvement means something different to everyone, depending on what their specific cosmetic concerns are. For some, it can be as simple as a quick and easy teeth whitening treatment. For others, however, it may require more involved treatment to address issues like chipped or worn teeth, odd spaces, alignment issues, and more. With the goal of minimizing your cosmetic and restorative dental treatment, your dentist may suggest porcelain veneers to address all of your needs. Porcelain veneers are often the ideal answer to dramatic smile improvement, and if you’re wondering if they’re right for you, then speak with your dentist about their benefits during your next visit!
When are veneers appropriate?
Cosmetic dental treatments are designed to address one or more specific types of concerns. For example, teeth whitening is designed specifically for teeth stains, and cosmetic bonding is designed for minor structural issues, like chipped or worn tooth edges. Veneers, however, are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the fronts of your teeth. Therefore, they can address a wide variety of issues, including severe staining, chips, cracks, odd spaces between teeth, and more.
How natural do veneers look?
Their ability to do more for more people’s smiles is one reason why veneers are so popular; another reason is because of their highly lifelike appearance. Dental porcelain is specially tinted to match the unique color and hue of your healthy teeth. It’s also semi-translucent and layered to reflect light just like your natural tooth enamel. Once bonded in place, your porcelain veneers will look so natural that they’ll be virtually indistinguishable from your healthy, natural tooth structure.
Do veneers require a lot of work?
To place a veneer, your dentist will first prepare your tooth by sculpting a small amount of enamel from its front surface. The preparation is minimal and only involves making room for the veneer; the procedure leaves the majority of your healthy tooth structure intact to effectively support your veneer.
If you know you want a better smile but aren’t sure how to achieve it, then ask your dentist if porcelain veneers are the answer! To find out if you qualify, schedule an appointment by calling our dental office in Sunnyvale, CA at (408) 720-0900, or toll free at (877) 9-DENTAL.