Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that get bonded to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers can change the color, shape or size of your teeth.
Dental veneers are ideal for anyone who has:
- Discolored teeth
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
- Tiny teeth that you wish were larger
Once porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth, they become incredibly durable. Because they are made of dental porcelain, your veneers will maintain their brilliant luster for years. The glass-like porcelain used in the construction of your veneers is also not susceptible to staining influences such as red wine, tobacco, tea, or coffee products.
If you would like the appearance of straight teeth but do not want to commit to several years worth of orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers are a good alternative. In fact, they are often called “instant orthodontics” because they can achieve your desired results in just a few short office visits. It is important to understand that porcelain veneers will only address the cosmetic issues associated with crooked teeth. Any functional issues must be addressed by orthodontics.