Dental veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain. Cosmetic dentists use them to correct minor dental problems such as tooth discoloration and cracked or chipped teeth.
Porcelain veneers are more common than ones made from resin because they are brighter and gums tolerate them with less resistance. The thin porcelain shell is bonded to the tooth to blend in visually with the rest of your teeth. Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns because they require less tooth preparation.
What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Veneers made from porcelain aid in the correction of minor dental damage and staining.
They are most effective for:
- Small Tooth Gaps
- Slightly Crooked Teeth
- Chipped or Cracked Teeth
- Deep Staining
- Mismatched Tooth Size
Minor Tooth Gaps or Crooked Teeth
Veneers are a safe, reliable alternative to orthodontics when dental problems aren’t advanced enough to require braces. Porcelain veneers provide a permanent cover for small gaps and slightly misaligned teeth. They hide imperfections and make slight corrections in tooth alignment.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Chipped or cracked teeth that don’t need a replacement or crown can be repaired with the help of a porcelain veneer. A minor sports injury or accidental damage that has caused small fractures in the teeth can be repaired by removing broken parts of a tooth and placing a veneer over them. Small chips, especially those at the end of the tooth, allow for easy veneer placement.
Deep, Set Staining
Professional whitening removes a lot of staining through oxidation, but some stains are too deep or permanent for whitening treatment. Children who received tetracycline treatment often have permanently stained teeth. Porcelain veneers fit over any tooth with staining to mask the appearance of darkened or yellowed teeth.
Varying Tooth Size
Small, large, and mismatched teeth can all be remedied with the help of veneers. Small teeth occur both genetically and as a result of wear. Dentists apply porcelain veneers to small teeth to match patients’ teeth. Veneers can also replace the surface of teeth that are too large. Single teeth that don’t match the surrounding teeth benefit from the customizability of veneers.
Are Porcelain Veneers Stain Resistant?
Yes. Porcelain veneers act like a new surface for your tooth. Laboratories that create veneers design the porcelain to mimic the features of a natural tooth as closely as possible, including a finish that is similar in chemical structure to tooth enamel. It provides a shield against new stains.
Porcelain is also more stain resistant than classic resin veneers. Resin, another material similar to the dentin that makes up the base of your tooth, has been used to treat dental damage. It is prone to yellowing and staining. Porcelain is less absorbent and includes a biofilm resistant finish.
Do Veneers Look Natural?
Yes, veneers are created in a lab with specifications that are unique to the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. The entire veneer is engineered to match your mouth and fit naturally with the rest of your teeth. Since they also sit on top of your existing tooth, they align with the shape of your jaw and work perfectly with your natural bite.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Integrating veneers is one of the simplest cosmetic dentistry procedures. Most procedures require only two sessions to complete. The first session is a preparation and the second is the bonding of the veneer.
Porcelain is strong, long-lasting, and resistant to biofilm. Its strength allows it to stay safely in your mouth for anywhere from 5 to 20 years depending on how well you care for your veneers.
Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in custom-fit, strong, dependable porcelain veneers that can transform your teeth. Call today to see how our Austin dentists at Lakeway cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile today at (512) 982-0317!