Porcelain veneers, or porcelain laminates, refer to thin layers of medical-grade ceramic that are custom-made to bond to the front surfaces of a tooth in order to change its color, shape, size, or position. The ceramic material used is tooth-colored, which gives the repaired tooth a similar appearance to your natural teeth, which is one of the reasons why porcelain veneers are so popular as a cosmetic dental restoration solution to improve your smile.
Advantages of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers allow you to repair damaged or discolored teeth by extracting a minimal amount of enamel from the front surface of a tooth – about 0.5mm – to create room to attach the veneer.
Veneers are a more conservative option for filling gaps compared to crowns that require the removal of a considerable amount of tooth structure.
You can easily find a shade of porcelain that closely corresponds to the color of your natural teeth for life-like dental restoration.
Porcelain veneers can be used to brighten your smile by choosing a whiter shade, with a different value of chroma.
Who is the right candidate for porcelain veneers?
People with poor teeth shape or contours, severe tooth discoloration, small to medium gaps between teeth, and minor bite and tooth position imperfections can benefit from the placement of veneers. Even patients with worn teeth, due to grinding and clenching, can witness a dramatic improvement in their smile with porcelain veneers.
However, there are certain conditions that must be met to ensure a successful procedure. Dr. Armen Galustian may recommend porcelain veneers if:
– Your teeth are slightly to moderately crooked or misaligned
– Your teeth have sufficient tooth structures – to allow for the removal of some of the enamel to create room to bond the veneers properly to the underlying tooth
– You should have symmetrical gum contours to allow for the proper “framing” of your teeth. This is necessary to attain a beautiful cosmetic result.
Cases involving large discrepancies in tooth position, severely misaligned bite, or even poor profile may require additional procedures, such as orthodontics, so it’s important to discuss the best treatment plan with Dr. Galustian before any work begins. Call our office today to book your appointment.