For patients interested in altering the shape, color, size or position of one or more front teeth, porcelain veneers may be the solution. By covering only the front of the tooth, veneers can solve a variety of cosmetic issues with a minimal amount of “prep,” or removal of the tooth’s enamel. This short video may help to understand to process and benefits of porcelain veneers:
In some cases, “prep-less” veneers – veneers that require no removal of a tooth’s enamel, may be an option. In either case, veneers are custom made for each individual tooth and are an ideal solution for correcting a variety of cosmetic issues:
– Correcting the color of a tooth that is significantly darker
– Restoring the shape of a tooth that is chipped or broken
– Closing a gap between two teeth
– Fixing teeth that are slightly twisted, or a tooth that overlaps an adjacent tooth
Porcelain veneers are not indestructible, and can chip or break, just as natural teeth can. Patients with veneers should avoid biting into hard foods, biting their nails, chewing on pens, etc. Daily care is the same for veneers as it is for natural teeth. Brushing with non-abrasive toothpaste and flossing daily is important, as are routine dental checkups. With careful eating habits and good oral hygiene, porcelain veneers should last for many years.