Enhancing Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

The purpose of porcelain veneers are to improve the health and appearance of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can look completely natural and whiten dark yellow stained teeth or tetracycline stained teeth. Teeth can be whiter and straighter looking (often referred to as “Instant Braces”). The shape of teeth can be improved, lengthened, shortened, fuller or less full, be more round, more square or bolder looking.

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of heat-fired porcelain that is custom made to fit your teeth. They are separate veneers of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. The patient brushes, flosses and eats normally. Whatever the needs or desires of the patient, veneers can be an effective cosmetic solution that will last for many years. The restored teeth will permanently be whiter than the natural teeth. The oldest case by Dr. Sam Muslin was completed in 1984 and the patient’s teeth are still better looking than his natural teeth would have been by now. The veneers have been in his mouth for over 23 years and the patient is 85 years old.

Non-Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry

With the development of the thin non-invasive, no tooth grinding type of cosmetic treatment, the patient’s natural tooth structure can be saved. No grinding on the patient’s teeth is also referred to as Non-Invasive Dentistry or Non-Invasive Porcelain Veneers. Sometimes if a tooth is protruding, some surface grinding is necessary to make the teeth line up evenly. Non-Invasive Porcelain Veneers can create permanently whiter teeth. Patients can have white teeth without the hassle of bleaching or ongoing teeth whitening to maintain a whiter color. Continual use of bleaching agents such as Zoom, or BriteSmile, or Crest Whitening Strips or any other teeth whitening or teeth bleaching agents compromise the tooth structure. Teeth bleaching can make the teeth sensitive towards temperature, sweet and fruit juice. Ceramic dental bonding that is non-invasive or requires no grinding protect the teeth

Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, thin pieces of ceramic bonded to the front of your teeth, are commonly used to hide discoloration, brighten teeth, and generally improve your smile. Veneers are a wonderful smile-makeover option providing dramatic and long-lasting results. As with any medical procedure however, there are advantages and disadvantages to porcelain veneer bonding.

Dr. Sands, a well-known Hollywood cosmetic dentist, helps distinguish the pros and cons of this procedure:

“Porcelain veneers are such a great option for anyone who wants to better their smile. The best feature of porcelain veneers is that your smile looks natural with them in place. I have performed veneer adhesions for countless celebrities, and even when you look close at those folks, you can’t tell they have undergone any cosmetic dentistry procedures. Porcelain veneers are also very hard to stain, so no one has to give up their favorite wine or cigarette”

“Veneers are a little more expensive than other types of procedures that give similar results, but the quality you get is unmatched and well worth the cost.”

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have two main advantages over other dental-bonding procedures:

§ Extremely natural looking

Porcelain and tooth enamel are both white and translucent. So they react to light in similar ways. Light enters them both and is reflected back off the layer beneath them. In the case of porcelain, that’s the dental cement that attaches them. In the case of tooth enamel, it’s the yellowish dentin layer below the enamel. The result is a completely natural looking smile.

§ Exceptionally stain-resistant

Since porcelain is a ceramic, stain-producing products roll right off the surface, just like glass. Veneers made of porcelain are naturally stain resistant, even for those who can’t give up their daily trip to Starbucks or their daily glass of red wine with dinner.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

While porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for most people, there are some disadvantages that should be considered:

§ Porcelain veneers have a potential to break or come off

While porcelain veneers are extremely strong and generally last for years, they can break or come off. If a veneer comes off, your cosmetic dentist will probably just reattach it. But if the veneer breaks, it cannot be repaired and you will have to undergo the time and expense of having a new veneer made. However, you can guard against them either breaking or coming off by taking good care of them and not using them as bottle openers.

§ Porcelain veneer application is not a reversible process

Before porcelain veneers can be placed, a small amount of enamel must be removed from the front of your teeth. This changes the look of your natural teeth. So once you have undergone the process, your teeth without the veneers will not look aesthetically pleasing.

§ The porcelain veneer procedure is more expensive than composite dental veneers.