Porcelain veneers are thin wafers of porcelain no thicker than a fingernail that a cosmetic dentist will attach to your tooth to give the tooth a whole new appearance. Also called dental veneers or porcelain laminates, these are the most elegant and the most flexible way to improve your smile, as they can change the color, spacing, alignment, length, or shape of your teeth.
A Word of Caution for the Consumer
The proper placing of porcelain veneers requires extensive additional training beyond dental education. Since cosmetic dentistry is not a legally recognized specialty, any general dentist can legally proclaim that he is a "cosmetic dentist," and can hold him out as fully qualified to place them. We have heard many stories of patients who have been greatly disappointed with cosmetic dentistry mistakes at the hands of general dentists. We recommend that any patient who wants porcelain veneers only go to a dentist with general post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry and demonstrated creative ability. Besides special bonding techniques, the sophisticated color manipulation, smile design and artistry vital to do these properly are not required training of general dentists, and the creativity and sensitivity that are necessary can even be far-off the personality styles of many dentists.
If you feel a need to make some improvement in your smile, it may help you to know that you are not alone. Whereas an attractive smile is widely viewed as a social and business valuable quality, is it interesting to note that half of all Americans are unhappy with their smiles. This data is taken according to a survey specially made by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Porcelain Venneers are the most striking restorations made in dentistry today. Nothing beat porcelain for life-like beauty. It imitates natural teeth in color, transparency and surface texture. Adding to this, its high resistance to wear makes it very long-lasting. It does not discolor, even after many years.
There are confines, which your cosmetic dentist will inform you as far as your individual case is concerned, but the results are quite predictable. The quantity of whiteness as well as the limits of the material you want can be included into the porcelain. If you want teeth that are as white, beaming, healthy and natural-looking, and straight as possible, this is the best choice.
We feel esthetic dentistry will not only have a fantastic effect on self-esteem it can also improve the way the jaw functions. As teeth wear down or edges of them chip, the bite will ultimately crumple and this will place the weight of chewing on the jaw joints not on the teeth where it was designed to take most of the pressure from chewing. This is a fundamental factor to TMJ problems. The other problem when teeth wear down is that it will in the end expose the underlying tooth structures and once that happens teeth will blemish quickly. Bleaching will only temporarily solve this problem and it will quickly relapse back because stains have a much easier way to get inside.
Undoubtedly every face is unique and as a result your specialist can’t prescribe to you the same generic set of teeth as for others. Smile facial features have to be carefully evaluated to determine what works best for the individual. “Design smiles” not apply porcelain pieces and cosmetic dentistry can be a life changing event which often times paves the way for career advancements and a greater zest for life.