Are teeth that are stained, chipped or cracked detracting from your smile’s natural beauty? Porcelain veneers can help. These thin, tooth-shaped shells – one of the most versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry – can be placed on top of your natural teeth to conceal any number of aesthetic flaws.
Furthermore, porcelain veneers can make a significant upgrade to your smile in a relatively short timeframe – just a few weeks in most cases. The convenience and beauty associated with this treatment makes it a popular choice among cosmetic dentistry patients.
How will porcelain veneers enhance my smile?
Porcelain veneers are the cosmetic dentistry equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. They can do almost anything! Here are just a few of the reasons your dentist might suggest veneers:
- To make deeply stained teeth whiter and brighter
- To hide chips or cracks in a tooth
- To create the appearance of proper alignment in slightly crooked teeth
- To make an undersized tooth look more proportionate to the size of its neighbors
You don’t have to worry that the treated tooth (or teeth) will look noticeably artificial, either. Because porcelain veneers share many optical characteristics with biological tooth enamel, the end result of this process is a lifelike appearance.
Additionally, veneers are custom-designed to blend in with the rest of your smile. An average observer won’t be able to tell the difference between the tooth that has been fitted with a veneer and its natural neighbor.
What can I expect from the porcelain veneer treatment process?
The treatment process for getting veneers often can be completed in a matter of weeks. It begins with your initial evaluation with your dentist, who may take photos, x-rays, dental impressions or measurements to determine the design of your veneers.
Depending on the anticipated thickness of your veneers, the dentist may also remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers at that first appointment.
The dentist will forward all of the information gathered at that first visit to the dental lab that will be creating your unique veneers. That process takes a few weeks, and when the veneers are ready, you will return to our office to have them placed.
If you’d like further adjustments to the veneers in terms of shade or shape, let your dentist know before they are bonded to your teeth. After that point, no further alterations to the veneers are possible.
Call DeSanti Family Dentistry to learn more about the many benefits of veneers and how they can help you achieve a gorgeous smile.