If you’re interested in getting porcelain veneers, you may be wondering what exactly they’ll look like once they’re placed. You may even be worried that it will be noticeable that you have something in your mouth other than your natural teeth. Here, we’ll explain what veneers are, what they’ll look like, their benefits, and how they are placed.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin covers of porcelain that are placed over your natural teeth to permanently improve the appearance of your smile. You could benefit from veneers if your teeth are chipped, broken, misshapen, discolored, worn down, or unchanged with teeth whitening, and even if your smile has subtle misalignments or small gaps.
How Are They Placed?
Our expert team will examine your smile and custom-design your veneers to suit your specific facial features and smile goals. Once you are satisfied with your treatment plan, we’ll use special tools to safely remove a layer of enamel from the surface of each tooth that will receive a veneer. This allows the porcelain to fit snugly over the natural tooth. Next, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send the designs to our high-quality, trusted dental laboratory. When each veneer has arrived at our office, we’ll bring you back in to permanently bond them to your natural teeth with a special cement.
Are Veneers Noticeable?
Because we meticulously design the shape, color, and length of each veneer to complement your appearance, your veneers will be as noticeable as you desire. For example, if you only want one veneer to blend in a stand-out tooth (whether it be misshapen or discolored) with the rest of your smile, the goal will be for that veneer to be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. On the other hand, if you want an entire smile makeover to significantly enhance your appearance, you should notice a big positive difference. However, your veneers will be crafted to be a desirable color and shape (not too big and not too white). So if you were to meet someone new, they wouldn’t think your teeth were unusual or strange, and might assume your veneers were beautifully natural.
What Are Their Benefits?
If your enamel is worn down from acidic foods, acid reflux, or nighttime teeth grinding, or if you are unhappy with how your teeth look, your dream smile is within reach! In fact, the most appealing aspect of veneers is that your smile can be designed to look just the way you want. Moreover, their porcelain material is durable, tolerated well by gum tissue, and stain resistant so you don’t have to worry about discoloration. Veneers are also incredibly long-lasting. If you take proper care of them with daily brushing and flossing, they can last upwards of 15 years!
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