For a lot of patients concerned with how their smiles look, porcelain veneers are just what the doctor ordered. For decades, porcelain veneers were called “tooth caps” and have been used to provide cosmetic solutions to a plethora of dental maladies.
Porcelain veneers can be used to cover gaps between the teeth. They can also hide chipped teeth. But a talented dentist can also used them to hide misaligned teeth and cover up discolourations. They look natural and can last for a number of years.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin strips of ceramic material that are bonded together with a special adhesive and then bonded to the surface of the tooth. They are used for all sorts of purposes, many more than listed above. These include: chips, cracks, gaps, spaces, misalignment, deep stains, asymmetry or even to “refresh” teeth suffering from wear and tear.
Porcelain Veneers: a Summary of Benefits
One of the bigger benefits of porcelain veneers is that your original teeth remain mostly intact. In addition, they can be made to look identical to the original teeth. Veneers are more resistant to tobacco and coffee stains than other materials because of the surface. They can solve a lot of problems without complicated or painful treatment.
How do Veneers fit into Cosmetic Dentistry?
Veneers are great for keeping teeth that are slightly compromised looking great. However, they are not appropriate when a tooth is too severely compromised. Some teeth may need a root canal and a crown. You may lose some teeth altogether and need bridges, dentures or dental implants.
Dental veneers are basically the “go-to” option for teeth that need a little help for their appearance but are otherwise solid. They can restore a tired smile to a state of brilliance.