How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile
No one wants to admit it, but first impressions truly matter. From job interviews to first dates, a stunning smile shows confidence, honesty, and trustworthiness. Unfortunately, many people have teeth that do not look their best. If yours are stained, crooked, yellowed, or worn down, porcelain veneers might be the right choice for you. Here’s how veneers can improve your smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Very thin shells of high-quality dental porcelain, veneers slip over your teeth. They can be color-matched to your existing tooth color, but we need to remove a tiny bit of your tooth enamel for them to fit. Porcelain veneers are strong, durable, and chemically bonded to your teeth. With proper care, they can last for many years.
What Conditions Can Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment. We must first fix any existing oral health problems such as gum disease or tooth decay. If you have healthy but unsightly teeth, though, porcelain veneers can correct a range of issues, including:
Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down over time. If you use your teeth as a tool, or you chew on pens or ice, this process can happen even faster.
Minor breakage: Sports injuries, falls, and other light trauma can cause cracking or chipping. While deep damage must be repaired, porcelain veneers can cover minor breakage.
Discoloration: Large fillings, root canals, excessive fluoride, and even some medications can cause severe discoloration or staining that whitening cannot correct. Veneers are a great way to fix this common issue.
Misshapen or uneven teeth: Truly perfect teeth are extremely rare. Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of uneven or misshapen teeth.
Minor gaps or crookedness: Although major misalignment typically requires orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers are an easy way to correct minor crookedness and small gaps.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
Although few dental restorations are truly permanent, porcelain veneers are one of those that with proper care, they can be long lasting. They can be strong enough to withstand biting and chewing functions.
In addition, porcelain veneers are stain resistant. Teeth whitening must be repeated regularly, but with excellent oral hygiene, your veneers will continue to look bright and healthy.
Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?
Some people worry that porcelain veneers will produce a too-white “game show host” smile, but veneers are actually quite natural in appearance. The dental porcelain mimics the sheen and translucency of natural teeth, and we will color-match your veneers to the adjacent teeth.
If you want a whiter smile, you can have your teeth whitened first, and then color-match your veneers to your brighter shade. Just remember that you will need to keep up with whitening to maintain the match.
Depending on your needs and goals, we may suggest additional procedures along with your veneers. Invisalign, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic dental work can make your smile look its best while reducing the number of veneers you need.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready to start your journey to oral health with a compassionate, experienced, and patient-focused dental team, please contact Kensington Natural Smiles 301-933-3903 to schedule your first appointment.