Porcelain Laminate Veneers

Sometimes referred to as dental laminates, porcelain laminate veneers are paper-thin shells made of porcelain that are bonded to the front side of teeth. Considered one of the most innovative techniques in dentistry, porcelain veneers were developed with the intention of restoring teeth in order to improve their overall color, look, shape, and feel. One of the comments we hear the most when talking about porcelain veneers is just how natural they look and feel. In fact, many people rave about how they look as good – or even better – than their original teeth.

When first introduced to the field of dentistry, porcelain veneers were used as an alternative for adults who were dealing with misaligned teeth but did not want to wear braces. Porcelain veneers provided a viable – and more cosmetically appropriate – option that quickly improved the appearance of the front teeth. Today there are numerous different types of porcelain laminate veneers available to dentists, allowing them to choose the option that best fits the patient’s needs. Your neighborhood dentist, Dr. Annette Van Natta, believes in using the highest quality of dental products, and this is no different for the porcelain veneers she uses. It should be noted that porcelain veneers can range in thickness, although the majority of them are roughly .5 to .6 mm thick. To give you a reference point, that is about ½ the thickness of a dime.

What Are Veneers?

Again, porcelain veneers are most commonly used to improve the appearance of the teeth. From making changes to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, misaligned, or even have spaces between them, veneers are a welcome option for many. While your dentist may offer suggestions when it comes to addressing certain cosmetic dental issues, porcelain veneers are an elective procedure that is left up to you, the patient.

If you have made the decision to have porcelain veneers placed on your teeth, it is important that you understand what to expect of the procedure itself and the years to follow. Porcelain veneers are put on the teeth through a series of steps that aim to create a solid bond between the dental composite and tooth enamel. Upon completion, the bonding material will act as cement, essentially, between the veneer and tooth, working hard to hold everything together.

Do I Need Porcelain Laminate Veneers?

Again, porcelain veneers are most commonly used to correct a cosmetic issue and fix the color of stained, darkened, discolored, decayed, or restored teeth. While many people think that crowns are the best option to fix these issues, porcelain veneers are actually a more conservative approach that are extremely effective. If properly maintained, veneers can last for many years to come, especially the veneers of today. Over the years the technique for applying veneers has undergone numerous advancements, making them a wonderful option for people suffering from a wide range of dental issues.

Many people find it easier to view veneers as facsimiles of natural teeth, not just replacements. With this in mind, it is not uncommon to notice slight variations in the color of veneers. That being said, they are a very natural and effective option when you want to fix some sort of cosmetic problem. If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and whether or not this is the right option for you, please do not hesitate to contact dentist, Dr. Annette Van Natta. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this service or any other service we offer, so give us a call today!