What are porcelain veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that is bonded to a tooth to improve its shape and color. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are bonded directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Newer materials have been developed that allow veneers to be placed without the removal of tooth structure. These ultra-thin veneers are called Lumineers.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill and attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each veneer individually to match and enhance the characteristics of the patient’s smile.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
- With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
- Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
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