Porcelain Veneer Questions

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What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of dental porcelain which are custom-made to permanently cover the front surfaces of particular teeth. They give the teeth a new look, to enhance your smile.

When would porcelain veneers be used?

They can be part of a smile makeover. If you have teeth with staining that doesn’t respond to tooth whitening, they can quickly cover the stains and brighten the smile. They are not used on back teeth, but on teeth which are highly visible when you smile.

What problems do porcelain veneers solve?

They solve many minor dental problems, such as:

  • Small chips or surface cracks
  • Small gaps between front teeth
  • Unevenly sized front teeth
  • Slight crookedness or misalignment
  • Stains and discoloration

Whatever combination of such problems your smile has, porcelain veneers can solve them in two visits.

How can veneers solve the problem of mismatched tooth sizes?

The veneers don’t have to be the same exact shape as the teeth they cover. One or more of them can be slightly larger. This can make a tooth look slightly wider or longer, or both.

What is porcelain?

You may know of porcelain as a material used to make delicate teacups and saucers or figurines in days gone by. You might have heard the phrase “a porcelain complexion” meaning skin that is pale and delicate.

Dental porcelain is also white and visually appealing. It’s not fragile, although by itself, it is brittle. But when it’s bonded to a tooth, it’s strong and durable. It has the glass-like quality of being stain-resistant. It comes in many shades, and Dr. Chung will choose one that closely matches your natural tooth color. The best dental porcelain has subtle variations in its shades of white, which makes it even more like tooth enamel.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and whether they might be a good option for you, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 to arrange for your initial cosmetic dentistry consultation. Dr. Chung will be happy to answer any more porcelain veneers questions you might have.