Unhappy With Your Smile? Porcelain Veneers Can Help
Dentists tend to see teeth first. We’re kind of experts in smiles and know the advantages of an attractive one. Cosmetic dentists have many new procedures and materials that can help our patients achieve healthy and beautiful teeth. If you’re unhappy with your smile, it might be time to get a new one!
Porcelain veneers are one of the most exciting techniques in cosmetic dentistry today. An excellent option for restoring front teeth, they can improve not only the color but also the size and shape of your teeth for a total smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of dental ceramic that can attach to your front teeth to conceal minor imperfections such as general discolorations or stains, chipped or cracked teeth, and poorly aligned or crooked teeth. They are not suitable for conditions that require more extensive orthodontic or restorative treatments.
Their primary advantage is the beauty and durability of the material. Because porcelain doesn’t stain like composite resin, it remains attractive for a much more extended period of time. Also, gum tissues tolerate porcelain well.
How Are Veneers Applied?
The thin shells are applied by bonding a thin laminated veneer made of porcelain to the etched enamel tooth surface. They are made from a medical-grade ceramic material. Each veneer is customized for the individual. They add length or width to the natural teeth, and the shade of the porcelain is selected to match your other teeth.
What Maintenance is Required?
Porcelain veneers can last from 5 to 12 years. Daily care should include brushing and flossing and avoiding chewy, sugary foods such as caramels. They cannot be lightened or bleached, and, if the veneer cracks or chips are difficult to repair.
While cosmetic dental procedures can make a dramatic difference in a person’s smile and overall oral health, the work must be carefully planned. Consult with your dentist to determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.
Remember, beautiful teeth are healthy teeth!
Dr. Nishan Halim
Nishan Halim, DMD specializes in a comprehensive approach to dental care in his Capitol Hill, Washington DC neighborhood dental center. When treatment plans include specialty work, he coordinates every step with the practitioners you choose from his referral network. Contact Dr. Halim to schedule an appointment.