Perhaps the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in demand today are dental veneers. These dental veneers can address several dental imperfections, including:
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps in between teeth
- Worn out teeth
- Chipped teeth
What exactly are Dental Veneers?
A dental veneer is a small shell made of porcelain that sits snugly on the front of the tooth and successfully hides the appearance of blemishes giving the wearer a flawless Hollywood smile. Dental veneers are the best way to modify the color, shape, length, and size of your teeth.
Veneers have the additional benefit of being highly resistant to stains as well. This means that unlike natural teeth that will deteriorate with time and succumb to the browning effects of coffee, red wine, and cigarettes, they will remain uncolored. They are also highly durable and achieve a brilliance unattainable by bleaching or bonding.
Even better, veneers look completely real. They are made of the thinnest translucent material which ensures they reflect light in the same way as natural teeth do.
To create veneers specially designed for your teeth a wax impression must first be made. From this wax impression, a cast is made and filled with molten porcelain. By applying a certain amount of pressure the veneer is created and ready to be fixed to your flawless smile in a minor procedure.
What’s So Special about Our Veneers?
We recommend and work with only the highest quality products and best porcelain veneer to give you the best results possible.
You may find other dentists offering considerably lower prices for their dental veneers and this is largely due to the use of inferior materials in the production of their products. Laminates and composite shells are used to produce a more economical veneer. However, these have a considerably lower resistance to staining and adhesive properties. Additionally, only porcelain has the ability to perfectly match your tooth color and look real.
Although you could save yourself some money by opting for the composite shell veneer or laminate veneer you may find their extreme lack of durability a financial drain in the long run as they will have to be replaced, refitted and maintained. Furthermore, these lower grade veneers are not as adaptable to individual circumstances as are porcelain veneers.
For these reasons, we only work with the high quality, durability and realistic appearance that porcelain veneers alone can provide. Every veneer that we produce and fit is crafted particularly for the individual in our own on-site laboratory to ensure that the size, shape, and color is exactly right for your smile.
Are Veneers a Good Choice for Me?
Although Veneers are an excellent solution to minor flaws and imperfections in the teeth they may not be the right solution for everyone. Veneers can only be attached to the front of the tooth and only if the teeth to which they are attached are in good condition.
If you have one of the following conditions a full crown might be a better option for you:
- Problems with the Molars (the teeth you use to chew)
- Extensive fillings
- Decayed or decaying teeth
- Overly crooked or already crowned teeth
Some Things to Consider
In order to properly attach the veneer to your tooth, it is necessary to first remove the top layer of natural enamel from your tooth. This is an irreversible procedure and once completed you will never again return to your natural teeth. Should anything happen to the veneer it would need to be replaced.
It’s also important to note that once the veneer has been fitted to your teeth the color cannot be changed. So if you are thinking of having your teeth whitened along with the fitting of your veneer you should get this done first so that the veneer color will match the shade of your whiter teeth.
One final point on teeth grinding. If you are one of those people who clench their teeth and grinds while sleeping than this type of porcelain veneer may not be the best as they are relatively fragile. You could look into the full crown option with one of our specialists.