How You Can Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Imagine walking into a dental office with broken, crooked, stained, or unattractive teeth and emerging later with a dazzling white, and perfectly aligned, smile. This is precisely what can happen when you explore your options with “porcelain veneers.”

What are they? In a nutshell, a is a very thin and durable “shell” that looks like the front of a perfect tooth. Your dentist can make one for each tooth in your smile and then bond this flawless “facade” to the front of a marred or otherwise unattractive tooth.

Now, this is not to say that they are a miracle cure for unhealthy teeth. No, they should be seen as a finishing touch on any dental work that is meant to give you healthy teeth first and then a winning smile second.

The great news is that these are widely available and are a very common step in any . For example, let’s say you head to your dentist in order to get some dental decay and dental health problems addressed. You express to the dentist your dissatisfaction with your smile. The dentist can make any necessary repairs to your teeth and then create individual veneers for the teeth that appear in your smile.

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These veneers can mask:

  • Chipped,
  • Discolored,
  • Worn,
  • Misaligned,
  • Uneven,
  • Irregular shaped, or
  • Widely spaced teeth.

The key issue to keep in mind is that they are masking and not repairing teeth. So, the first step is to be sure that you have worked with a dental professional to make any necessary repairs or to get any essential treatments before receiving the enamel overlay. Just consider the silliness of a sparkling white overlay concealing a tooth that is slowly disintegrating from decay…it is easily avoided and part of a responsible smile overhaul.
Once all necessary cleanings, fillings, and treatments have been taken care of, it is time to get the lovely porcelain veneers. Most dental professionals will require two visits with a patient to complete the process. The first visit is used to shape the teeth and make the molds necessary for the veneers and the second visit is to place them on the teeth. After that, the patient can eat like normal and needs only to keep up home care and get regular cleanings to keep them in top condition.

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2 Responses to How You Can Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

  1. Ted says:

    So, what can we do that’s non-cosmetic for enamel? Anything? Is it only a question of not letting enamel degrade too fast? I don’t suppose there’s any way to rebuild or bolster enamel?

    Btw, great site, thanks for all this helpful information. I live in Canada so can’t be your direct customer, but I’m newly motivated to get a checkup and cleaning.

    • Southeast Family Dental says:

      Thank you so much for your response! We are happy to provide some information to you and glad to know that we may have had some part in your new motivation to keep your smile bright and healthy! In regards to non-cosmetic options for enamel there really are no true, non-cosmetic ways to rebuild enamel. There are some toothpastes that market for strengthening enamel, but long term research is not available as to the effectiveness. You are correct in that it is imperative to take care of your teeth so as to keep the enamel from degrading too fast. Other than cavities, sugary and acidic foods and drinks, including soda and grapefruit, are the main reason enamel degrades. Make sure to rinse with water after consuming these types of foods. Thank you again for your interest in our website and your smile! If you have any other concerns please let us know by utilizing the Ask a Dentist page on our website.