Porcelain veneers (or porcelain laminates) can dramatically improve someone's smile - and their whole outlook. Imagine a treatment that makes you smile more, develop more confidence in yourself and brightens up the room. Just because nature didn't grant you that smile doesn't mean you can't have it.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of teeth. They are used to cosmetically enhance the smile by covering up discolorations, chips, and other imperfections in the teeth. Veneers are custom-made to match the natural color and shape of your teeth, and may last for many years.
How are porcelain veneers different from crowns?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front of teeth. They are used to cover up chipped, discolored, misshapen, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, which completely cover up the entire tooth, veneers only cover the front surface of teeth. Veneers are more conservative and generally require less preparation than crowns. Crowns, on the other hand, are used when there is more damage to the tooth and the entire tooth needs to be covered with a protective cap. Crowns require more preparation than veneers and are usually used to strengthen and protect a damaged tooth.
How long does it take to get porcelain veneers done?
On average, it typically takes two visits to the dentist to get porcelain veneers done. The first visit is to prepare the teeth and take an impression of them. During the second visit, the dentist will place the veneers onto the teeth and make any necessary adjustments. The entire process usually takes about four weeks.