Though teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental treatment, porcelain veneers are arguably the most versatile and comprehensive option, especially if your teeth are more than just stained. Besides addressing a wide variety of issues, veneers are also hand-crafted for the most lifelike results, and can be placed without much modification to the healthy teeth underneath them. If you’re unhappy with your smile’s appearance, then speak with Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron to determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin, custom-designed, custom-made shell of dental porcelain that can be securely bonded to the front surface of your blemished tooth. On average, each veneer is about 0.3 mm thick, and after your dentist sculpts the appropriate amount of enamel from the front of your tooth, the veneer will blend seamlessly into the contour of your smile. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may receive one, two, or more veneers, each one individually crafted to create a realistic separation between them.
Why are they made from porcelain?
High-grade dental porcelain possesses several characteristics that make it a popular cosmetic option in dentistry. The porcelain, or ceramic, can be tinted to match the color of your natural teeth; it’s semi-translucent and layered, allowing it to mimic the shine of your healthy tooth enamel; and it can withstand most moderate pressure from everyday biting and chewing.
Can porcelain veneers fix MY teeth?
Like all dental treatments, a personal consultation and examination are required to determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you. Typically, veneers are recommended to improve teeth that are;
- Too severely stained for teeth whitening
- Chipped, or have worn down edges
- Slightly cracked, but not bad enough to require a restorative treatment (i.e., dental filling, dental crown, etc.)
- Slightly crooked (in minor cases, veneers can serve as an alternative to traditional and clear braces)
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE COSMETIC DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.