What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
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Does the dentist grind my teeth away?
Some preparation is necessary for veneers however 0.7mm is the maximum reduction necessary. Some areas may not be ground down at all, depending on tooth position. Thanks to new materials (such as Lithium Disilicate) the grinding necessary is very small and we can maintain most of the natural tooth structure, called enamel.
Can you close my gap?
Yes, a common way to close gaps between teeth is Porcelain Veneers. The teeth may look slightly wider in order to fill the space but we have methods of shaping the tooth to maintain a natural look.
Should I do Invisalign or Porcelain Veneers?
This is an interesting method and requires the patient to determine their desires to answer it appropriately. Here are some things to consider:
- Porcelain veneers can be done within 2 weeks while Invisalign can take up to 6 months, so if time is an issue porcelain veneers is your choice.
- Invisalign does not change the color or shape of your teeth, just the position. If you are interested in changing the color and shape, then Porcelain veneers are your choice.
- Porcelain veneers require reduction of the enamel on your teeth. If you don’t want to affect your teeth in any way, Invisalign is your choice.