Many of our patients express concern about the appearance of their smile. In many cases, porcelain veneers are the ideal solution. These ultra-thin layers of porcelain accentuate the natural beauty of the smile. At the same time, the extra coverage of a veneer also creates greater resilience than what exists naturally. If you are in need of minor alterations to the size, shape, or color of a tooth, there is a good reason to consider what’s possible with porcelain veneers. You can learn more about this treatment in a visit to our Encino dental office.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Perhaps one of the biggest concerns about a smile makeover is losing the natural characteristics in a tooth or teeth. Veneers are sculpted to achieve a particular appearance; one that enhances your smile as a whole. The craft that goes into making veneers achieves such a close resemblance to natural enamel that differentiating between the two is nearly impossible.
- An important difference between porcelain and enamel is that porcelain will not stain like your natural teeth will.
- Veneers provide the necessary coverage to achieve your desired aesthetic with only minimal alteration to natural structure.
- Veneers can brighten even the most severely discolored teeth.
- Thin sheets of porcelain can disguise small gaps, overlaps, minor twists, and other flaws quickly and comfortably.
Is There a Downside of Veneers?
Veneer treatment is suitable for many patients who want to fall back in love with their smile. We wouldn’t really say there is a downside to this cosmetic process. However, it is important to know as much as you can before committing to your new smile.
- Conventional veneers bring out the best in the smile but require a lifelong commitment. Once teeth have been reduced, they will need a covering in order to prevent damage and discoloration. Veneers can last several years with good care.
- Porcelain veneers are fabricated by an experienced ceramist in a dental lab, so there is approximately a week in between prepping teeth and the placement of their final restorations.
- Mild, temporary sensitivity may be experienced after teeth are reduced. This may continue for a short time after veneers have been affixed to teeth.
- Veneers are durable, but not much more so than natural teeth. Therefore, care should be taken to avoid biting and chewing hard objects in order to maximize their life span.