When individuals seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a celebrated option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very heavy-duty porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.
To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have skill in cosmetic procedures. You should think about what you do not like about your smile and confirm how you want it improved. Veneers may not be ideal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.
Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate issues, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your pleasing smile.
Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: traditional veneers and prepless veneers. Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this protocol is irreversible.
The second treatment is called ‘no-prep’ or ‘prepless.’ With this type, enamel removal is often not needed. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this treatment plan has specific criteria.
Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.
Your dentist will help you analyze your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as outlined.
If you do not have a dentist, we invite you to visit our practice or call 303-665-5335 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.