In today’s image-conscious world, appearance plays a large role in the majority of dental work performed. No surprise, considering a healthy, confident smile can make you look younger and more attractive compared to an embarrassed or hidden smile (common behaviors of those with poor oral health).
Regardless of the many maladies that can diminish your smile’s appeal, your dentist can help you make your smile one to be proud of, often through the use of cosmetic porcelain veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
If teeth stains were the source of your smile apprehension, then you would likely benefit from a professional, custom-made teeth whitening kit. However, if your stains are severe enough to withstand the chemical treatment, or if your imperfections are more serious than mere stains, you will need a more effective option.
Porcelain veneers, which are made from thin wafers of durable dental porcelain, are bonded to the fronts of your teeth and can cover blemishes including stained, chipped, misshapen, and/or oddly spaced teeth. Because of their versatile application, porcelain dental veneers are popular tools in smile makeover procedures.
How do Veneers Work?
To achieve the beautiful, discrete results that veneers are loved for, slight preparation is needed. After a thorough examination and planning, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of front tooth enamel to accommodate the porcelain shells.
After cleaning, polishing, and etching your teeth, your dentist will bond the veneers to their surface using special adhesive. The porcelain material closely mimics the light-reflecting properties of your natural teeth, providing a discrete and esthetically pleasing solution that resembles the rest of your smile.