Traditional porcelain veneers, alternatively termed “dental veneers” or “dental porcelain laminates,” are wafer-thin shells of porcelain permanently bonded to teeth. They can correct a number of aesthetic deficiencies such as discolored, worn, chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers are non-porous, meaning they will not stain. They also are incredibly resilient and “kind” to opposing teeth because they are non-abrasive. When a veneer is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure such as a tooth, it becomes very strong and durable.
A traditional veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer covers the visible part of a tooth and a large amount of the natural tooth structure is preserved. Veneers can straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth to provide a beautiful smile and even create a more comfortable bite position. For optimal results, each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means a thin layer of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement.
Call our Bluffton cosmetic dentistry office today to see how porcelain veneers can improve your smile.