What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Often referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are customized shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They conceal various cosmetic blemishes beneath. Each shell is crafted from medical-grade ceramic, color-matched to provide realistic results. For patients who desire an even brighter smile, we can provide a professional teeth whitening treatment first before the color of the shells is chosen. Many patients who have minor orthodontic issues and cosmetic concerns find this procedure beneficial, since it addresses both with just one treatment.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have good oral health but are unhappy with the aesthetics of their smile due to:
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
Before placing your veneers, your doctor can perform a full examination to determine the health of your teeth and gums. If he detects any cavities or gum disease, he can recommend the appropriate treatment. Any oral health complications must first be addressed with dental fillings or periodontal care before proceeding with veneers. Because the veneers process requires that we remove a small amount of enamel, we will also check the condition of the tooth structure. Patients with weak or insufficient enamel, or those who struggle with teeth grinding, may not qualify for treatment.
Veneers vs. Orthodontics
Deciding whether porcelain veneers or orthodontics is the right choice for you will depend on your budget, the complexity of your concerns, your time commitment, and your cosmetic goals. Patients who wish to maintain their natural teeth, but are struggling with dental misalignment and minor extrinsic stains can transform their smiles with Invisalign® and a professional teeth whitening treatment. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be repaired, this treatment may be more affordable than porcelain veneers. However, final results could take one to two years. Patients who have both damaged and misaligned teeth can transform their smile in less than one month with porcelain veneers.
Often referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are customized shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth.
Types of Veneers
Once your doctor has determined your candidacy, he can carefully explain the treatment process and the costs involved. During your consultation, it is important to discuss all of your concerns so the doctor can tailor the treatment plan to meet your goals. We can also review the different types of porcelain veneers available. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer both IPS e.max and IPS Empress porcelain veneers:
- IPS e.max: This material is composed of lithium disilicate, a highly aesthetic and durable ceramic that bonds well with enamel for lasting results.
- IPS Empress: Made from pressed lithium disilicate with lucite-glass ceramic, this material provides a wide range of shade-matching options to deliver realistic results.
We can review your unique needs, goals, and preferences to determine which solution would be most appropriate for you.