What are porcelain veneers and how do they accomplish creating a Hollywood smile or smile makeover? Porcelain veneers are eggshell thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded onto the outer surface of your teeth to resurface your teeth. They can change the color, change the shape, change the size, fill in gaps, "straighten" tooth rotations, and do all of this while providing a surface that's smoother than your own tooth enamel and resistant to stain.
Porcelain veneers are usually done from start to finish in two office visits after an initial visit to analyze how your dream smile will be accomplished, and initial impressions may be taken for planning. Sometimes we prepare a mockup of the smile changes on a dental model, and sometimes we can use photographs and show you a simulated photo of how your smile will look after you have veneers, but before you go for it.
There are varying factors that determine how much, if any, tooth structure will be removed to produce a healthy and beautiful result. It’s important to understand how much tooth structure will be removed. If tooth structure is removed, that is not reversible. This factor is important because your veneers will last for many years (10-15 years is the statistical average, although we have patients who have veneers for longer than that), however, the younger you are, you should be aware that down the road you may want to replace them due to slight color changes. If you want the option to not have to replace them, you would want to know if it’s possible to get the result you want without removing any tooth structure. If no tooth structure is removed, the procedure is reversible. It usually is advisable to remove some tooth structure especially at the gum line, to encourage optimum gum health, and to have the most natural looking result.
Porcelain veneers feel very smooth and feel just like your own teeth. They require no additional care other than your routine brushing and flossing. It’s advisable not to eat ice or bite into bones with your veneers. Interestingly enough, the strength of the porcelain over the front of your teeth actually strengthens your teeth.
The process is simple, the results are life changing. If you’ve been unhappy with your smile, what are you waiting for?
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