1) What are veneers?
Porcelain veneers go by many names, including “porcelain laminates,” “porcelain laminate veneers,” or just “veneers.” Veneers are formed porcelain shells that are used to create a new front surface to a tooth. They are thinly sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of the tooth. In cometic dentistry, they are the premier standard of care because of their versatility and ability to mimic natural teeth. Veneers can be used to improve a variety of dental concerns including midline spaces, chipped, crooked, missing, malformed, or discolored teeth. Since they are permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth, they are also used to restore or improve position, shape, and tooth color. The shape of the veneers, in combination with the occlusal adjustments (adjusting the bite), can have a profound impact on the entire face. This can restore fullness around the mouth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Porcelain veneers are now a popular way for many people to obtain the smile of their dreams. So in developing your personalized Smile Design, we take into account building out certain teeth and reducing others to achieve the impact of anti-aging dentistry.
How are veneers at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry different?
There is truly a blend of art and science behind porcelain restorations. All veneers are not created equal. Our cosmetic dentists have extensive training in the art of smile design, which determines the colors, line angles, shapes, thickness, translucency, occlusion, and many other factors that our cosmetic dentists prescribe to our master ceramists. Then, our lab hand makes the veneers to our specifications. Veneers should be custom-designed to fit your face, smile, gender, and personality. When done correctly, they look and feel like real teeth. Your vision and preferences help shape your treatment, but part of why you select a cosmetic dentist is his or her experience and artistry. Computer imaging, as well as before and after photos of other cases, will help you decide on the style, shape, and color that work best for you.
Our Before & After photo gallery provides amazing examples of the beauty and versatility of porcelain veneers.
2) How long do veneers last?
This question is similar to asking how long natural teeth will last. There are a variety of factors that can impact the longevity of the porcelain. Like many fine things in life, the life expectancy of veneers depends on how well they’re cared for, as well as the condition of teeth, bone, and gums prior to and after treatment. While there is no hard and fast rule about how long porcelain restorations will last, many patients have had them for 10 to 20 years. When done properly and with the high quality of porcelain we provide, we feel they can last much longer.
3) Am I candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most anyone with teeth is a candidate for porcelain restorations. Depending on the condition of the teeth and smile goals, our doctors will recommend the most functional and beautiful type of porcelain restoration. In addition to being the optimal aesthetic option for teeth, veneers can also be used to replace mercury fillings, old crowns, or to improve tooth condition. Porcelain veneers are also a perfect alternative to braces, since crooked teeth, gaps, and bite adjustments can be corrected in as little as two weeks. For our patients who have undergone orthodontic treatment, veneers can give them the final touch for their ideal smile.
For more information of how we use porcelain restorations in our transformations, visit our Smile Design page.