Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction (approximately .5 mm) and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice. A thin layer of porcelain can be applied to the front of a tooth. These restorations can provide you with a permanent aesthetic solution in just two clinical appointments.
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Jagged or crooked teeth
- Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth
With their life-like appearance and the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain restorations can afford, veneers have several advantages over crowns and caps. The dark line that is sometimes seen with older front caps doesn’t appear with veneers. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance giving a natural, esthetic look. Veneers do not require the massive grinding of tooth structure that caps do, yet, they accomplish a lifelike esthetic result.
After a thorough discussion with Dr. Phil to establish just what you wish to accomplish, the latter half of your first appointment usually involves some minor contouring of the front teeth and taking impressions. The veneers are tried in, and, if satisfactory, they are bonded in place. A follow up visit is made in a week. The results are instant and spectacular!