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 porcelain veneer 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 smile makeover. 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.

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.