Have you ever just looked at your teeth and wanted to reshape them? Move this one there, make that one taller, that other one wider. In the process you’d close gaps, straighten your teeth, and make your smile whiter in the process, giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. What we just described is the dental veneers process. Dental veneers, sometimes called porcelain veneers, allow us to completely reshape your smile, giving you the bright, beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. Or they can be used to reshape just one tooth to take care of a specific complaint.
What Porcelain Veneers Can Do
Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are very versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments. They can be used to correct many common complaints people have about their smiles, such as:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
And not only can porcelain veneers accomplish all this, they’re often better at it than other treatment options. They can get your teeth whiter than teeth whitening. They also work on teeth that are discolored from within, which teeth whitening can’t affect. And the results last years, not months.
Dental veneers are also the optimal choice to repair worn or chipped teeth. Compared to dental bonding, veneers are more attractive and longer-lasting. And they work just as well for small or poorly shaped teeth. In some cases where the tooth needs more support or protection, we might recommend a dental crown instead.
For correcting crooked teeth or gaps in your teeth, dental veneers work much faster than any orthodontic choice. Within a month, you can have a beautiful, straight smile—that’s why they’re sometimes called “instant orthodontics.”
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth, similar to the way a wood veneer might be put on a less attractive material to make them look beautiful. Because they’re ceramic, they’re sometimes called porcelain veneers, but don’t mistake them for the porcelain dolls in grandma’s china cabinet.
Porcelain veneers are actually made of highly advanced ceramics. Modern ceramics are so strong that they can be used in ways you would never think: hammers, knives, body armor, even tank armor! Sometimes they are blended with advanced plastics to add toughness so they’re even less likely to chip or shatter.
The result is a restoration that is very strong, especially when bonded to your natural teeth. Clinical studies tell us we can expect over 95% of porcelain veneers to be in place and looking good in ten years, and nearly 85% to be in place in 20 years.
And Consider Lumineers
Lumineers are a special kind of dental veneer that are designed to be “lower impact” on your teeth. Placing dental veneers involves removing some natural tooth material. Lumineers are designed to be placed removing little or no natural tooth material. That’s because they’re thinner. Some people like having this option because it makes the procedure more reversible, though it may not actually be reversible.
During your consultation, we will talk about your dental veneers options, and help you decide which is right for you. To learn more about porcelain veneers in Rochester, NY, please call (585) 244-3337 or email us for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry.