Porcelain is widely recognized for its similarity to real enamel in terms of its texture and natural translucency. It can also be shaded to match the color of your remaining teeth and shaped to meet our precise specifications. We use porcelain veneers to provide coverage for the front surface and biting edges of the teeth.
Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that are permanently bonded to the front teeth. We customize each veneer individually for the most natural and realistic-looking outcome. To enhance the visual appeal of your smile, veneers are a more conservative and less invasive treatment alternative than traditional crowns.
When Are Cosmetic Veneers Recommended?
A number of cosmetic dental flaws can be corrected with porcelain veneers. The most commonly reported cosmetic concerns that can generally be addressed with veneers include:
- Spaces and gaps between the teeth
- Broken and chipped teeth
- Deeply stained or severely discolored teeth
- Flaws, defects, and scars in the enamel
- Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
How Are Cosmetic Veneers Made?
In preparation for veneers, we will need to gently buff the front teeth to accommodate the size of the veneer. Approximately half a millimeter of enamel will need to be removed, and this step is generally performed under local anesthetic. Detailed records of the shape and size of your teeth will be collected and used to fabricate a perfect veneer. If the creation of the veneer will take more than a day, your teeth will be fitted with temporary veneers in the meantime.
Once the veneers have been created in the predetermined shape and color, Dr. Lassle will place them on your teeth to confirm the fit, color, and shape. Minor adjustments can be made if necessary, and then the veneers will be permanently cemented to the teeth.
Caring for Cosmetic Veneers
Porcelain is a durable restorative material that will not prevent you from biting or chewing normally. You should avoid biting into any foods with extreme force, however, as you can risk fracturing you veneers as well as your natural teeth. Generally, veneers can be expected to last for many years with proper maintenance and care. Along with your natural teeth, veneers should be brushed and flossed after meals to remove food particles and plaque.