You can’t always judge teeth by their appearance. For instance, they may seem bright and shiny, but still be under threat of cavities, or a tooth might be damaged somewhere you can’t see or feel it. Likewise, your teeth might be perfectly healthy, and yet exhibit one or more stubborn stains, a chipped/uneven tooth edge, or an excessive space between them. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can help drastically improve the appearance of your smile without extensive restorative treatment, even if your teeth have more than one cosmetic issue. In fact, one of the most significant ways porcelain veneers benefit your smile is in their ability to address more than one concern at a time.
Questions About Porcelain Veneers
1.) What is a veneer?
A veneer is a wafer-thin shell that’s designed after, and bonded to, the front surface of a tooth. Each veneer is only about 0.5 mm or less, and can be placed with minimal tooth preparation.
2.) How many veneers can I have placed?
Since each porcelain veneer is hand-crafted individually, you can receive one, two, or several as needed while maintaining a lifelike (though blemish-free) appearance.
3.) How realistic will my porcelain veneers look?
Like the enamel surrounding your teeth, dental porcelain is semi-translucent, making it able to reflect light the way your natural, healthy teeth do. It can also be tinted to precisely match your teeth’s color, and their super-thin construction make them fit in perfectly with your smile’s contour.
4.) Are there any downsides to porcelain veneers?
The major drawback to porcelain veneers is that they require your teeth to be modified in order to accommodate the shells. Therefore, if your teeth’s appearance can be equally improved with a less-permanent solution, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding, porcelain veneers may not be the best option.
ABOUT YOUR GARLAND COSMETIC DENTIST:
Dr. Vi Mai and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at (972) 530-0552.