Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment used for almost 100 years to improve teeth appearance. The technology behind veneers has improved significantly over the last few decades – the premium option is porcelain veneers that provide a stunning new look for flawed teeth. If you have aesthetic concerns with your smile, you may wonder if porcelain veneers are a good option for improving the appearance of your teeth. Here is what you need to know about porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneers 101
Porcelain veneers are paper-thin shells of porcelain that are shaped to fit over the front of your teeth. Each tooth gets its own veneer that is carefully formed at a dental lab. A thin layer of enamel is removed from each tooth to allow room to bond the porcelain to the tooth. Porcelain veneers can hide:
- Chipped teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Stains or discolorations
- Uneven teeth
Patients can have one or more teeth covered by veneers. Some patients may have all their front teeth covered, while others only have one or two teeth that need veneers. The porcelain veneers can be color-matched to blend perfectly with the natural teeth in your smile.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
While porcelain veneers can give you a beautiful smile, they are not right for everyone. To receive veneers, it is essential that you have good oral health and you are willing to continue caring for your smile. Veneers are not recommended if you have periodontal disease or severe tooth misalignment – these should be treated before you consider investing in porcelain veneers.
Since some enamel must be removed from the tooth to place veneers, those with minimal enamel may not be good candidates. Dr. Gutierrez can examine your teeth and determine whether veneers are right for you. There are other cosmetic procedures that can help you get the smile you want, even if you cannot use veneers.
If you want to explore whether porcelain veneers can improve your smile’s appearance, come see us at Majestic Smile Studio. Call our dental center in Yorba Linda, CA, to schedule your porcelain veneer consultation.