How porcelain veneers can enhance the smile
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way for patients with imperfections near the front of the smile to transform or enhance their appearance completely. Gapped, crooked, or permanently stained teeth may be covered with these thin shells of porcelain bonded directly to the tooth. This aesthetic dentistry procedure, sometimes referred to as dental veneers, allows for smile enhancement with long-term results.
What are porcelain veneers?
Also known as ceramic veneers, these cosmetic restorations are customized for the patient. They are created to be bonded onto teeth, covering specific problem areas of the smile. While cosmetic veneers used to be only available to the Hollywood elite due to the cost, they have become more affordable over time and are now an excellent solution for everyday patients! These restorations provide the coverage patients need to feel more confident in their smiles, ensuring they are happy with the way they look and have achieved their smile goals.
What can be achieved with cosmetic veneers?
As with other aesthetic dentistry solutions, porcelain veneers provide coverage for imperfections to achieve a more attractive appearance. They can be used on teeth with the following issues:
- Unusual shape
- Worn down
- Old bondings with wear/breakdown/stain/chips/cracks
During an evaluation with Dr. Flores of Willoughby, Ohio, patients can discuss the specific areas of the smile that bother them and learn more about whether or not porcelain veneers are appropriate for their needs.
What can I expect from the process of creating and placing veneers?
First, patients consult with a dentist to determine if they are a good fit for porcelain veneers. Then, preparations are made. Preparations often include the removal of a thin portion of natural tooth enamel to keep the shell from adding bulk when placed. Digital impressions/scans are taken of these teeth using our specialized intraoral scanner and sent to a dental laboratory with information from our dentist regarding the final shape, size, and color of the restoration. Once the restoration is complete and mailed back to our office, the patient comes back in to have it bonded onto the previously prepared tooth. The process can take up to two weeks, but the results can last many years with proper care.