Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. When you give your take on the latest Star Wars, have a lively discussion about politics, or when you feel truly happy, your teeth are out there for the whole world to see. Your smile is also what people are most likely to remember about you. Don’t you want it to look perfect?
As we age, so do are teeth. They become stained, chipped, crooked, and a whole manner of other things that can be difficult to keep up with. Professional teeth whitening can certainly make your smile brighter, but doesn’t fix chips. Dental bonding can fix minor chipping but can only do so much to reshape your teeth. If you’ve had this discussion with yourself before, but haven’t been able to find a solution to fix all of your cosmetic dental concerns, porcelain veneers could be the answer you’re looking for.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are one of the most transformative cosmetic dental procedures available. Handcrafted out of medical grade ceramic to perfectly construct your desired smile, porcelain veneers are thin facades of ceramic bonded to the visible surfaces of your teeth. Because porcelain veneers don’t rely on natural tooth enamel, they can fix multiple issues, such as chips, discoloration, shape of teeth, and visible gaps, all while maintaining the natural look of enamel.
The veneers application process is quick and simple. After an initial visit in which you discuss your aesthetic goals with your dentist, you will have a visit where your teeth are prepared to receive veneers and we take impressions. When your custom-crafted veneers are ready, we check them for color and fit, then bond them to your teeth with a light-sensitive resin.
With other cosmetic dental procedures, the results may vary as you’re limited by your natural tooth matter. Teeth whitening can be limited by the natural ridges of your enamel, and procedures such as Invisalign can be limited by the shape of your teeth. Porcelain veneers, however, are custom-crafted to match your smile goal.
Not Just a Temporary Solution
Also different from other procedures is the amount of time they can last. Unlike teeth whitening, which can last up to six months, with proper care, porcelain veneers can last upwards of twenty years. Made from material up to ten times stronger than natural tooth enamel, veneers are also resistant to coffee and tea stains, cigarette smoke, and chips.
Like most procedures, however, porcelain veneers aren’t right for everyone. Complications such as TMJ, or bruxism, could damage the veneers over time. Advanced gum disease or periodontal disease will also damage your veneers, and should be treated before dental veneers are applied.
Do you want to learn how porcelain veneers can give you a new, beautiful smile? Please call (907) 349-0022 or contact us today for an appointment with an Anchorage cosmetic dentist at Excellence in Dentistry.