If you want to improve a smile flawed by chipped or slightly crooked teeth, consider porcelain veneers as your main makeover tool. This treatment can address a variety of conditions, including discoloration, misshapen teeth, gaps or uneven spacing.
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to your natural teeth. They look, feel and function just like natural tooth material.
Porcelain veneers offer a versatile treatment option that corrects a range of concerns. Even if you have small or unevenly shaped teeth, you can still have a Hollywood-style smile thanks to veneers. The veneers can be used to make your teeth wider or longer as needed to create the perfect smile. Veneers that are wider than your natural teeth also can be used to fill in an unsightly gap.
If you are pleased with the natural shade of your teeth, then the veneers can be designed to match that shade. If you’d prefer to brighten and whiten your smile, the veneers can help to accomplish that goal, as well.
Porcelain veneers are a popular among patients because of the brief treatment time involved. Unlike other smile correction methods such as orthodontic treatments, which take more than a year to achieve their desired effect, veneers can have an impact within a matter of weeks or a few months.
Your cosmetic dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your goals. To accommodate the veneers, your dentist will first need to remove a layer of enamel from the tooth that is equal in thickness to the veneer that will be placed. A mold of your tooth is then taken to represent the veneers’ desired shape. Those molds are forwarded to a dental laboratory, which is usually able to create the veneer within a week or two. After they are back from the lab, veneers often can be placed in a single appointment. More complex cases may require a brief series of appointments.
For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, a cosmetic dentist specializing in porcelain veneers in Plano, TX.