When it comes to restoring your smile after an accident or having the pretty smile that you might not have been born with, porcelain veneers offer an excellent quick fix for many orthodontic and dental problems. But are they the answer to your oral prayers, or is there a better option out there? Here’s what you need to know about porcelain veneers to make the most informed choice.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain placed over the teeth to change the look, shape, and color of the tooth that lies underneath. It is a great fix for many orthodontic and oral conditions and problems. Some of the dental issues that can be repaired with porcelain veneers are:
- Heavily stained teeth - Sometimes teeth whiteners are not enough to remove heavy stains. Placing porcelain veneers over your teeth is a way to get a bright white smile
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Large spaces or gaps in-between the front teeth
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
The benefits of porcelain are that they last longer than other types of veneers and have a much more natural appearance. They are also a great fix when there is not much left of the tooth to repair. Most importantly, they won’t stain easily like other products.
What are the Steps to Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers take more than just one appointment; it sometimes takes several to achieve a perfect fit. The first step is to remove some of the enamel on the tooth that the porcelain veneer will cover. Removing the enamel gives more room for the veneer to be indistinguishable. Then, the dentist makes an impression or takes a scan of the tooth that it is going to go over and compares the color to match it. The scan is transmitted to a lab that makes the veneer to fit over your tooth. At your following visit, the veneer is checked, your tooth is cleaned, and the veneer is bonded on, assuming no changes to the veneer are required.
What are Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers?
If porcelain veneers are not the best option for you, you might consider crowns. Crowns are custom-formed to fit over the tooth and match the color of your original teeth. Crowns tend to be a bit more durable and stain-resilient. Dental bonding is also a procedure that is quick and easy; it is also the most affordable of the three options, but it does not last as long.
There are many options for patients who are looking for a smile makeover. Porcelain veneers offer a durable and affordable choice over other types of cosmetic oral procedures. Talk to your dentist about whether porcelain veneers are a good decision for you or if another product might work better. If you need cosmetic oral care, schedule your appointment with Dr. Cheung today.