According to the American Dental Association, most people rank someone’s smile as the physical feature that stands out the most. In addition, countless studies have shown that people with an attractive smile are seen as more intelligent, friendly and competent. Given these findings, it’s no wonder that cosmetic dentistry is so popular! Especially procedures like porcelain veneers, which are the ultimate tool for smile makeovers. These thin, strong shells of porcelain give the teeth a whole new appearance and can last 10 to 15 years or more with basic maintenance. Learn more below about the advantages of porcelain veneers and whether they might be right for you!
PORCELAIN VENEERS OFFER PERMANENT WHITENING
Professional whitening is a wonderful option for many people, but it always requires touch-ups from time to time (how often depends on your level of staining). In addition, it may not work for certain issues such as “white spots,” severe stains from fluorosis, taking tetracycline (an antibiotic) in childhood, and enamel defects like pitting. Porcelain veneers are perfect in all of these cases and also offer permanent results with no need four touch-ups.
THEY’RE USUALLY DONE IN JUST 2 VISITS
If you want to make dramatic changes quickly, porcelain veneers are perfect. After a consultation to make sure they’re right for you, they’re typically completed in just 2 visits, spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart.
At the first appointment, a cosmetic dentist prepares your teeth by removing a tiny amount of surface enamel. Then they put temporary veneers in place that will stay on while the dental lab custom-makes your permanent restorations. Lastly, you’ll come in a second time to have your new veneers cemented into place.
IN SOME CASES, PORCELAIN VENEERS CAN PREVENT THE NEED FOR BRACES
If you have relatively minor gaps or crowding, porcelain veneers can sometimes be used instead of braces to give your smile a straight, even appearance.
YOU CAN CORRECT MULTIPLE ISSUES AT ONCE
If you’re trying to correct more than one type of cosmetic flaw, porcelain veneers are an outstanding option. In addition to correcting severe stains and minor gaps and crowding, they can also mask chips, cracks, and small or oddly-shaped teeth – all with just one procedure.
PORCELAIN VENEERS LOOK VERY NATURAL
Porcelain is an excellent material because it reflects light the same way as enamel. And since your veneers will be precisely matched in shape and color to the rest of your smile, you can rest assured that they’ll look very natural.
ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS RIGHT FOR YOU?
There’s no question that porcelain veneers are the ultimate tool for smile makeovers, and they’re a great option for most people. However, a cosmetic dentist will start by making sure they’re right for your needs and that you end up with a smile that’s both healthy and beautiful.
For example, if you have significant crowding, large gaps, or untreated cavities or gum disease, a dentist will recommend addressing those needs first. You wouldn’t put a new roof on a house with a faulty foundation and, similarly, you don’t want to invest in a procedure that won’t serve you in the long-run.
Having said that, an experienced cosmetic dentist has multiple options at their disposal and will always be able to create the perfect treatment plan for your smile.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Terry Rigdon is a highly sought-after general, restorative and cosmetic dentist with over 40 years of experience. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a dedication to excellence, he’s able to provide the beautiful results his patients want with a variety of cosmetic procedures, including porcelain veneers. If you’d like more information about a smile makeover or have any questions, he can be contacted via his website.