In the realm of cosmetic smile improvement, porcelain veneers are somewhat of a superstar. Teeth whitening may be more common, but veneers are becoming more popular due to their ability to correct a multitude of issues at once. Today, we take a good look at porcelain veneers and why they’re often the go-to option for patients who want a dramatic smile makeover but want to preserve as much of their natural tooth structure as possible.
What Are They?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of advanced dental porcelain, which is hand-crafted to mimic your healthy, natural tooth structure. Each shell is designed to mimic a specific tooth’s front surface. Then, your dentist will prepare the appropriate teeth by sculpting a thin layer of enamel to accommodate the shells. Finally, the veneers will be permanently bonded to the teeth, creating a nearly instant makeover for your entire smile.
Who Are They Best For?
By concealing and replacing the blemished front surfaces of one or more teeth, veneers can cosmetically and structurally improve teeth that suffer from several different types of concerns. From chipped or cracked teeth to teeth that are severely discolored, veneers can offer a solution that effectively improves your smile in just a single procedure. In some cases of minor malocclusion, veneers can also provide a quicker, more comfortable solution to a straighter smile, helping patients avoid the need for braces!