While everyone wants a perfect smile, it is not always something that comes naturally. Many patients may have misaligned teeth or might experience problems over time that impact the appearance of their teeth. That includes breakage such as chips and cracks or even permanent staining. When the teeth near the front of the mouth, known as the anterior teeth, adversely impact the overall smile appearance, it may be time to talk to a South Pasadena, California, area dentist about the benefits of porcelain veneers.
Understanding porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are ceramic restorations that look like very thin shells. It is custom-fabricated to the patient to match their existing teeth’ color, shape, and size. The dentist at Huntington Dental Excellence will adhere the veneer to the front of a prepared tooth to cover several imperfections, including:
- Uneven teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Crooked front teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Permanently stained teeth
- Chipped/cracked teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Uneven spaces and gaps
- Worn teeth
What is the method of obtaining a porcelain veneer?
The veneer is made in-house with our E4D dental restoration device that fabricates a restoration right in the dental office while patients wait. The tooth is prepared by filing down the front and taking digital impressions with the CAD/CAM E4D software. Then a veneer is milled from a block of porcelain and bonded in place during the same appointment.
What about composite veneers?
Dr. Gin Goei, Sharon Gabriel, and Liz Takahashi also offer composite veneers, where a composite resin material is used to create coverage to the natural tooth. While this can be completed in a shorter period, this material is not stain-resistant and may need replacement more often than a porcelain-made veneer.
Porcelain Veneers Video
Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.