Providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel, porcelain veneers can be used to enhance the shape, size or color of your teeth.
In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of extremely strong porcelain that substitutes for natural tooth enamel. When bonded to your teeth, veneers can create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. Dental porcelain, like natural tooth enamel, is translucent and tough. Dental veneers, however, don’t stain like tooth enamel does.
Size and Shape
Alignment and Spacing
Veneers can be used to close small gaps between teeth or make slight corrections in alignment while improving tooth color and shape.
The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain veneers is to communicate exactly what you don’t like about your current smile. It helps to bring pictures of smiles you like to start the discussion.
To prepare your teeth, your dentist may need to remove a small amount of enamel. Molds of your teeth will be used by a skilled dental laboratory to create your veneers, and you will wear a temporary set of veneers during the few weeks it takes to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.
Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day to remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health.