Patients who want to upgrade their smile in a way that is uniquely suited to them should consider porcelain veneers for this task. These thin, tooth-shaped shells are bonded atop your natural teeth, and they can conceal a wide variety of dental flaws, such as chips, cracks or stains.
Most importantly, the veneers are custom-crafted, so your cosmetic dentist can tailor the devices to your unique specifications. This process helps to ensure that the veneers will blend in with your biological teeth as much as possible to give your smile an overall natural appearance, even with the prosthetics. The porcelain shares many optical qualities with tooth enamel, which helps these devices to achieve their lifelike appearance.
Patients have significant input into the design process, as well. You should feel comfortable telling your cosmetic dentist about your desired outcomes for the shade and shape of your porcelain veneers.
The process of getting veneers is a two-step one. At the initial consultation, your provider will collect information needed to influence the design of your veneers. The dentist will visually examine your teeth and may take pictures or dental impressions to provide additional data for the desired appearance of the veneers. Depending on the thickness of the veneer, the dentist may need to prep the tooth and remove a thin layer of enamel from it to make room for the veneer.
When the veneers are ready, the patient can then have them bonded to the teeth. If additional changes are desired, the dentist can make adjustments before the veneers are permanently placed. However, it’s important for the patient to be satisfied with the veneers before they are bonded because after that point, no further changes can be made.
Porcelain veneers are versatile devices for patients who want to enhance the aesthetics of their smiles in a highly individualized manner. Schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about this treatment and how it can be beneficial in your specific case.