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Porcelain Veneers



Dramatically enhance your smile.

The Problem:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Unsightly gaps between front teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Rough or jagged edges on front teeth
  • Teeth that are too small or large in proportion to rest of the mouth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Worn teeth

The Solution:

A porcelain veneer (often called a laminate) is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded directly to the front of a tooth. Each porcelain veneer is a work of art, carefully crafted in a dental laboratory to enhance your individual smile.

Advantages:

In the hands of a highly skilled dentist, porcelain veneer can provide you with a natural, beautiful smile. They are durable, stain resistant, virtually undetectable and can dramatically improve your appearance. Veneers only require minimal tooth preparation and are therefore a more conservative treatment compared to crowns.

Disadvantages:

Although they are highly durable, porcelain veneers are not permanent. Well-crafted veneers will last many years, but may eventually need to be replaced. Also, people with teeth grinding habits or other bite problems are not the best candidates for veneers.

Alternatives:

Porcelain veneers are an excellent investment. However, they are not appropriate for teeth with excessive decay or for those with bite problems. In these cases, porcelain crowns are an excellent alternative. In the event that you desire only to improve tooth alignment, orthodontic treatment may be the best alternative.