Smile makeovers aren’t always possible with just whitening and dental bonding. Sometimes the natural teeth require additional assistance, in the form of a new external layer. Because of their shape and size, front teeth aren’t always candidates for dental crowns. Porcelain veneers supply a similar source of support, while allowing Dr. Ricciardi to transform your smile in nearly any way.
Patient Education Page: Dental Veneers
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are the thinnest dental restorations available. A v-shaped veneer slides over a natural tooth, and is then cemented in place. The veneer creates a new exterior for the tooth, changing its size, shape, color, and sensitivity. A full set of veneers across the front teeth allows patients to
- Lengthen teeth
- Straighten slightly crooked front teeth
- Whiten teeth
- Reshape teeth
- Rebuild worn teeth
Veneers made of porcelain look incredibly similar to natural enamel, and are typically indistinguishable from other teeth. The porcelain material has the added benefit of resisting stains. It also allows for minimal tooth prep during the veneer procedure. Because porcelain veneers are highly thin, natural teeth don’t need to be reduced as much as for other restorations. We value conservation of natural tooth structure, and strive to keep your natural teeth in place.
Porcelain Veneers and Your Smile Makeover
Porcelain veneers are versatile and stunning. They can play a substantial role in a smile makeover, changing the front teeth and reshaping the overall smile. Composite fillings are an alternative to veneers, but they don’t offer the same level of results. The composite material is more likely to become stained, and is not as strong as porcelain, leaving the new smile with a shorter lifespan. Talk to Dr. Ricciardi about your cosmetic dental options to decide on the right restoration.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Treat your veneers as you would your natural teeth, brushing and flossing them consistently and with care. Be sure to never use your veneers to bite non-edible objects like fishing line, finger nails, or bottlecaps. This level of pressure is likely to chip or break the veneers. Teeth grinding has a similarly negative effect on porcelain restorations. Take precautions today to ensure your veneers last for decades.
Ready to invest in your smile’s transformation? Get in touch to learn more about veneers.