Porcelain veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Also known as dental veneers, this process uses wafer-thin shells that are custom made to match the patient’s tooth. A bonding process keeps them in place, changing the size, shape, length, or color of the tooth.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Resin
Porcelain isn’t the only material used to make dental veneers. Resin composite materials can also be used. Many dentists and patients prefer porcelain because it looks more natural and reflects light in much the same way a real tooth does. It is also resistant to staining, so the veneer looks healthy and clean even after a long period of wear. A dentist can assess your situation and recommend the best material for you.
Who Needs Porcelain Veneers?
If your teeth are in perfect condition with no cosmetic issues, then you most likely won’t need porcelain veneers. However, this dental solution might be a good choice for you if you have:
- Teeth that have visible wear
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Uneven or misaligned teeth
- Noticeable gaps between teeth
Applying Porcelain Veneers
The entire application process usually takes a total of three dentist appointments. The first will be a consultation to diagnose any issues and come up with a treatment plan. The second will include prepping teeth by removing ½ a millimeter of enamel and making an impression or model of the tooth that will receive the veneer.
During the final visit, our dentist will temporarily place the veneer on the tooth to ensure the color and fit is correct, plus any trimming as needed. Once it is ready to go, a specialized cement is used to bond it to your tooth. Contact Goldstein Dental Group today to make an appointment and find out if porcelain veneers are your best option.