A veneer is a thin porcelain shell placed over the front of a tooth after it has been prepared. Veneers can cover one or multiple teeth, depending on the patient’s specific needs and goals. At Town Center Dental, we custom design and fabricate porcelain veneers and shade-match them to blend in seamlessly with the patient’s smile for a natural-looking enhancement.
Patients looking to get porcelain veneers to enhance their smiles should have good overall oral health and realistic expectations for the results they can achieve. Since porcelain mimics the appearance of natural enamel, it is the best material to use for the aesthetic enhancement of teeth. Other materials may be considered for some patients based on their unique circumstances and goals for their smile makeover treatment.
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material bonded to the visible side of the teeth to enhance their aesthetic appearance. They are perfect for patients with minor smile imperfections, including chipped or stained teeth, spaces between teeth, and misaligned teeth.
Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable, lasting up to many years with proper dental care. They resist staining from coffee, wine, soda, and other stain-causing foods and drinks. They also resist chipping and cracking well.
The Procedure for Dental Veneers
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth’s surface. This ensures proper bonding and typically results in a more comfortable fit and natural-looking results. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression is made and sent to a dental lab where the veneer is custom-made for the patient. The veneer is then bonded in place using a special cement designed for veneer placement.
In addition to improving a smile's cosmetic appearance, veneers can protect damaged teeth from additional wear and damage by acting like a protective shell around each tooth. Regular brushing and flossing at home and regular dental visits will help maintain or improve the smile's overall health when veneers are in place.
If you are considering getting porcelain veneers to improve your smile, visit Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652 to set up a consultation with our dentist and discuss all of your treatment options. If veneers are not suitable for you, our doctor can recommend alternative treatments to improve your smile.