Sometimes, fate can be unkind, and can bestow upon us a smile that we find less than pleasing. Perhaps you have teeth that are crowded or gapped, or that appear too small. Maybe your teeth are vulnerable to serious, stubborn stains. Fortunately, if you have a smile that makes you feel self-conscious, there are a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are available. One of the most effective is porcelain veneers.
Dental veneers are thin shells made from porcelain that are bonded in layers to one another, and then installed on your teeth. They can hide staining, cracking, chipping, gapping and overlapping, and they can even alter the length and shape of your teeth. In short, most dental imperfections can benefit from the installation of porcelain veneers.
Dental veneers are very easy to install, too. The process is so fast, and gives such outstanding results, that many dentists refer to porcelain veneers as “instant orthotics.” The preparation is minimal, simply requiring a bit of enamel to be scraped off your teeth so the veneers can adhere properly. There are also thinner veneers available that do not even require that much preparation.
Even under artificial light, your veneers will look completely natural. They will resist staining, and they will never decay. Keep in mind, though, that veneers cover just the front of your teeth. That means that the underlying tooth structure is still vulnerable to decay, so make sure to brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. If you take good care of your dental veneers, they will last you a very long time.
To learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers, and the different types of dental veneers available, contact us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Our office is located at 3419 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243, and you can book an appointment by calling us at 205-967-9100, or by using the form on our Contact Us page.