Most of us consider smiling, talking, and eating to be simple tasks. However, when you have missing, cracked, or gapped teeth, these simple everyday things become embarrassing, frustrating, and burdensome.
Thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. Porcelain veneers provide you with an effective option for rejuvenating your smile and restoring your mouth's natural functions.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ceramic coverings that look and function like natural teeth, fitting over gapped, stained, or cracked teeth like a protective shell. In most cases, placing veneers over your teeth requires little to no anesthesia.
Porcelain veneers can solve a variety of dental issues, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Missing teeth
- Chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
are made to match the exact color of your teeth, so if you’re interested in any teeth whitening procedures, those should be done before the veneers are attached. The finished result will be a flawless veneer that’s indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
There are other cosmetic dental procedures that can sometimes achieve a similar result to dental veneers depending on the severity of your concerns, including:
- Dental bonding
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
The veneers procedure is less invasive than other types of tooth restorations, such as dental crowns. To make room for your porcelain veneers, our cosmetic dentists will need to shave about half a millimeter from the front surface of your teeth.
While this may seem like a lot, keep in mind that teeth receiving dental crowns require even more filing because the crown has to fit over the entire tooth. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are adhered only to the front surface that is visible to other people.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Made from incredibly durable material, veneers bring beauty and function back to your mouth. Porcelain resists staining and decaying better than normal teeth, while retaining a natural look and feel. With your new veneers, you can go back to eating and drinking just as you would with your normal teeth.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Take care of your new dental veneers the same way you take care of your natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to reduce plaque and tartar buildup and to maintain their appearance. Also, make sure you schedule regular dental checkups with our dentists.
This easy maintenance will help you keep the natural white shine in your veneers so you can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile. Since porcelain veneers are non-porous, they are able to resist permanent stains and cavities better than your natural tooth enamel. In other words, dental veneer maintenance is minimal.
With proper care they can last for over a decade, and they’re easily replaced if they happen to crack or break.
Ready to Make an Appointment?
Our team is always happy to help our patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Robert J. Stevenson DDS and Joey Farkash DDS are veneer dentists in Ann Arbor, MI. To request an appointment with one of our veneer dentists, call (734) 201-1610.
This blog post has been updated.