Everything You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers


Get your dream smile with porcelain veneers.

Anyone on a journey toward attaining their dream smile will likely come across porcelain veneers as a possible option.

Porcelain veneers have been available to the public for well over 50 years, and with each decade that passes, the design and technology behind them continues to evolve. Today’s modern veneers are incredibly lifelike in appearance and remain the epitome of the ultimate smile makeover solution.

If porcelain veneers have caught your interest, here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision.

The Basics of Porcelain Veneers and How They Work

Porcelain veneers are a very thin porcelain shell custom-made to cover each tooth and form a new front surface for your teeth. You can decide to cover just a few teeth that bother you, your upper teeth or bottom teeth only, or get total coverage on all your visible teeth.

Porcelain veneers offer more than just aesthetic benefits.

Porcelain veneers are classified as cosmetic dentistry services, meaning their primary purpose focuses on improving aesthetics. However, the benefits of veneer treatment go beyond appearances alone.

Veneers can completely change your smile for the better. Your smile will be straight and your teeth will be less prone to developing stains or tooth decay. Properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean, which means your brushing and flossing routine will be even more effective.

Modern porcelain veneers are ultra-realistic in appearance.

Some individuals are hesitant to pursue porcelain veneers due to a misconception that they look fake. Although 30 years ago veneers weren’t quite convincing as natural teeth, rest assured that today’s modern veneers are extremely realistic.

Your porcelain veneers will have the same translucency as natural teeth and will be colored with the slight gradient your natural teeth have. Veneers are also made entirely of porcelain so there are no risks of any gray metal lines peeking out like porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent smile solution.

Although many forms of cosmetic and restorative dentistry are permanent, porcelain veneers are irreversible. The process of getting veneers involves a preparation process that removes some of your tooth enamel. This prep process is necessary to compensate for the thickness of the veneers, and it does mean that you will always need to have veneers in place.

The permanence of veneers is generally seen as a major advantage, as veneers often last 10 to 15 years, with veneers over 20 years old being fairly common. Even if veneers were reversible, we’ve found that the vast majority of individuals absolutely fall in love with their new smiles and wouldn’t want to go back regardless.

6 Ways Veneers Can Change Your Smile

Now that you have a better idea of what porcelain veneers are and how they work, you’re probably wondering what specific problems they can help with. Here are some of the most common fixes of veneers.

1. Cover Discolored Teeth

Teeth may become permanently stained or develop permanent discoloration (i.e a dead tooth) that can’t be lifted with professional teeth whitening. Veneers cover up your permanently stained and discolored teeth, leaving you with a fresh, bright smile for life.

2. Close Gaps Between Teeth

Too big of a gap between teeth can be charming, but to some, it can be a pain point they’d rather not have. Porcelain veneers will close the gap between your teeth to a normal width just large enough to allow for proper flossing.

3. Mend Chipped or Broken Teeth

A chipped or broken tooth can be fixed with a dental crown, but many people don’t realize that veneers are also a solution. If you have multiple teeth with chipping or damage, veneers will cover them all.

4. Realign Crooked Teeth

Orthodontic treatment isn’t the only option for straightening a smile. Porcelain veneers won’t straighten your teeth, but what it does do is create the look for a straight smile on the surface. For adults who’d rather not go through orthodontic care, veneers achieve the same look in less time.

5. Reshape Uneven or Worn Teeth

Teeth that are uneven, oddly shaped, or worn down from age can all be revived with porcelain veneers. You’ll find that your new veneers give your smile a much brighter, youthful appearance, instantly making you look years younger!

6. Protect Chronically Sensitive Teeth

Chronic tooth sensitivity can be attributed to a number of issues, with worn enamel being at the top of the list. Porcelain veneers give your sensitive teeth permanent protection so you can enjoy your favorite hot and cold drinks or foods without feeling discomfort or pain.

Start your dream smile journey by booking a dental veneer consultation.

If you’re dreaming of a new smile, the team at Tomasik Family Dental is ready and waiting to help you get started on a treatment plan for veneers.

Booking a consultation is the first step. From there, we’ll take a look at your current smile and you’ll fill us in on what areas of your smile you’d like fixed. From there, we’ll work together to begin creating veneers that are customized to meet your desires.

You can schedule your consultation today by calling our office or filling out this online form.