What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin fronts of advanced ceramic that can be attached to the visible part of your tooth or teeth. They create a new visible surface for your teeth, one that can be brighter, whiter, straighter, and taller than your natural teeth.

Of course, modern veneers are made of porcelain the way that “tin foil” is made of tin. Veneers used to be made of porcelain. They were originally made for Hollywood stars, so they didn’t need to be durable. Stars wore them while the camera rolled and took them off when the director yelled, “Cut!” But modern veneers are built to last, from ceramics that are extremely strong as well as attractive. Most veneers last for decades and don’t require you to give up eating any of the foods that you can enjoy without damaging your natural teeth.

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

Veneers are an extremely versatile and powerful cosmetic dentistry procedure. They can achieve many goals and might be right for you if you experience embarrassment because of:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth (like peg laterals)
  • Small teeth (like retained baby teeth)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Stained teeth

Porcelain veneers are an especially good choice if you have more than one of the complaints listed above. That’s because veneers can correct all of these problems at once. In just a few weeks, you can have a new, beautiful smile.

However, you might not be a good candidate for veneers if you aren’t currently taking good care of your teeth. Veneers are vulnerable to damage when the tooth they’re on decays. Plus, veneers might not be right for people who have temporomandibular joint disorders or other bite problems that lead to clenching, grinding, or other causes of excessive force on the teeth. Just like natural teeth can get damaged in this situation, so can your veneers.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are one of the most powerful procedures in cosmetic dentistry, and they offer many advantages for patients. With veneers, you will enjoy many benefits like:

  • Most attractive appearance
  • Control over your smile