Cosmetic dentistry has become more accessible to people throughout the United States. This is because advancements in technology and widespread use of restorative materials like porcelain and composite resin have made improving one’s smile more affordable than in years past.
The purpose of veneers is to conceal smile flaws by improving the shape and appearance of teeth without affecting one’s ability to chew or speak comfortably. The reason porcelain is used to make veneers is the fact that this material is incredibly natural looking. Porcelain reflects light like biological teeth do and it comes in a number of white shades to match diverse skin tones and the color of neighboring visible teeth.
What are veneers, exactly?
Essentially, a veneer is a tooth-shaped cosmetic enhancement that is permanently bonded over the outside surface of a natural tooth. This process allows a veneer to conceal a variety of imperfections including chipped, misshapen, and stained teeth. When used over multiple teeth, veneers can produce a uniformly straight and proportionate smile.
A trained dental technician handcrafts each veneer from high quality pieces of porcelain. A dentist determines the size and shape of a veneer after taking impressions of teeth. The shape and size of one’s mouth and teeth are taken into consideration when making these custom cosmetic enhancements.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Receiving veneers is a minimally invasive procedure that slightly alters natural teeth to produce permanent results. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
Since porcelain is used to make veneers, these cosmetic enhancements are durable and stain resistant. Unlike natural teeth, which are porous, porcelain will not absorb stains as easily as biological tooth structure. Veneers are also coated with a glaze to protect their color and luster.
If I’m interested in cosmetic dentistry, what should I do next?
If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, we invite you to schedule a smile makeover consultation at our practice. At your appointment, we can explain the different services we offer and help you determine which procedure(s) is best for your needs.
Call Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today to reserve a consultation.