These are also called “porcelain laminates,” “porcelain laminate veneers,” or just “veneers.” Veneers are formed porcelain shells that are used to create a new front surface to a tooth. These are thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of the teeth and are the premier standard of care in cosmetic dentistry. Permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth, to restore or improve position, shape and tooth color, they can make a dramatic, immediate difference to one’s smile and overall facial appearance. Veneers are wonderful for fixing common problems such as midline spaces (the gap-toothed look of the two front upper teeth) or chipped, crooked, missing, discolored, pitted, malformed or improperly positioned teeth. Once only accessible to the wealthy and top Hollywood stars and models, porcelain veneers are now a popular way for many people to obtain the smile of their dreams.
There is a real blend of art and science behind high-end aesthetic dentistry. All veneers are not created equal. Our cosmetic dentists have extensive training in the art of smile design, which determines the colors, line angles, shapes, thickness, translucency, occlusion, and many other factors that our cosmetic dentists prescribe to our master ceramists. Our lab then hand makes the veneers to our specifications. Veneers should be custom-designed to fit your face, smile, gender and personality. Done correctly, they look and feel like real teeth. You can be as much a part of the selection process as you wish, but part of why you select a cosmetic dentist is his or her experience and artistry in what looks great. Computer imaging as well as before and after photos of other cases will help you decide on the style, shape and color that work best for you. Veneers are bonded in place with a high intensity curing light. You can tell the quality by the photos of the work you see in our office.
But what many people don’t realize is that the shape of veneers in combination with occlusal adjustments, such as opening the bite, can also have profound impact on the entire face. This can result in giving the appearance of a face-lift or elimination of wrinkles without any plastic surgery. So in developing your personalized Smile Design, we take into account building out certain teeth or reduce others to achieve such desired objectives. This is why for a number of our quests, they actually look 10 years younger after our Smile Designs and just imagine their rejuvenated spirit!
Porcelain veneers are a perfect alternative to braces for many adults. Veneers can correct the shape of teeth that are not aligned correctly, have gaps and spaces. Older patients, who have always wanted straighter teeth but no desire to undergo years of treatment with braces, usually love this new technique. Instead of months and years in braces, crooked teeth can usually be corrected in as little as two weeks with veneers. In fact, even if you have had braces in the past but the size and shape of your teeth is not pleasing to you, veneers may be the perfect solution. See our Before & After photo gallery for amazing examples of what “instant ortho” looks like.