Porcelain Dental Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin cosmetic covering that is bonded to the front surface of your tooth. The porcelain is tinted to match the unique color of your teeth, and has the same light-reflecting quality as healthy tooth enamel. Each veneer is crafted to match a specific tooth, and can be combined with other veneers to completely revamp your smile. In fact, veneers offer such a comprehensive improvement, and in so little time, that they are often referred to as the “instant smile makeover.”
What to Expect from Porcelain Veneers
To prepare a tooth for veneer placement, Dr. Correa will gently recontour the front surface of the tooth to accommodate the ultra-thin porcelain shell. Because they completely cover the front surfaces of one or more teeth, porcelain veneers may be the optimal option for a number of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Stubborn stains or internal tooth discoloration
- Chipped and/or worn tooth edges
- Minor cracks on a tooth’s surface
- Slightly misshapen teeth
- Small teeth (compared to those around them)
- Spaces between teeth
- Smiles with several cosmetic issues to contend with
What if My Smile Has More than One Cosmetic Issue?
The beauty of porcelain veneers is that they can address a wider variety of cosmetic issues than most other smile improvement options. By replacing the front surfaces of your teeth, veneers can completely change their appearance regardless of what afflicts them (unless teeth are significantly damaged or out of alignment). If your smile exhibits more than one issue, then veneers can help you achieve maximum results while avoiding the need for multiple cosmetic procedures.
Are There Drawbacks to Porcelain Veneers?
Since placing veneers requires sculpting the fronts of your teeth, the cosmetic treatment is permanent. If a veneer wears down or is damaged, then it will have to be replaced with another porcelain veneer. If you wish for a less-permanent solution, then speak with Dr. Correa about alternative cosmetic restorations.