For a consistently winning grin, many people choose porcelain veneers as a viable solution for enhancing the overall appearance of their smiles. Porcelain veneers are becoming more and more in style, because they offer convenience, versatility and significant improvement in beautifying the entire mouth. In short, porcelain veneers provide a slim layer of porcelain when positioned over the tooth’s surface with a precise bonding procedure. They can be used to either augment the general aesthetics of the teeth or for restorative reasons.
Porcelain veneers were invented by a dentist named Charles Pincus less than 30 years ago. Back then, veneers were a temporary solution, held by a denture adhesive that caused them to fall off after a brief period. Today, porcelain veneers are bonded in place permanently by using a combination of either composite resins and/or porcelain and applied to the surface of the selected teeth.
Porcelain veneers are placed by taking an extremely thin slice of white porcelain and then cementing them to the teeth. By strategically determining which teeth require porcelain veneers, a skilled dentist can pinpoint those in need, while avoiding unwarranted work on the ones that don’t need them. Porcelain veneers aren’t inexpensive; so many patients are relieved to find out that just a few can correct their smile immensely.
Other valuable benefits of using porcelain veneers include smoothing out lip lines, which results in fuller-looking lips; repairing damaged teeth; closing gaps between the teeth; improving the color of dramatically stained and/or discolored teeth; and straightening crooked teeth.
Today, the technology surrounding porcelain veneers features better cements and bonding agents, resulting in more sturdy and reliable veneers that can normally last many years. They may require replacement from time to time, due to cracking, chipping, injuries, tooth grinding, discoloration, shrinkage or continued decay. But, by maintaining their dental health and often visiting their dentist, porcelain veneers will provide healthy-looking teeth for many years to come.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, call Confident Smile Dental today and talk with one of our experts!