Say Goodbye to the Smile You’ve Never Liked with Dental Veneers!
Your teeth are healthy enough, but they just don’t make a great impression. If you’ve always wanted a more beautiful smile, porcelain veneers are excellent way to get a smile you’ll love without major changes to your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers: Elegant Strength
Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. In order to place them, the dentist prepares your tooth by shaving off about half a millimeter of tooth enamel from each tooth. This makes room for the veneer and prevents the tooth from becoming too thick.
Porcelain Veneers may be thin, but they are made from durable, strong materials engineered to look exactly like natural teeth. In fact, each veneer is custom shaded and shaped to look completely natural. Veneers remodel teeth and can close small gaps and reshape teeth and smile lines.
Porcelain Veneers: Long-Lasting Beauty
Today’s veneer materials are long lasting and don’t become opaque with time like we see with old crowns. Veneers are more resistant to staining than cosmetic bonding or even natural teeth. Veneers provide great esthetics for years to come. While we see veneers lasting more than 25 years, patients replace their veneers, on average, once in their lifetime.
What about Snap-on or No Prep Veneers?
Everyone wants “Snap-on” or “No Prep” veneers to work. No drilling. No bonding. Just make new teeth and snap them in place for a gorgeous new smile! It sounds too good to be true… and it is.
First, snap-on veneers are bulky. We mentioned earlier that when we prepare a tooth for a veneer, we shave off a tiny amount of tooth enamel to prevent the tooth from getting too thick. To understand what we mean by too thick, imagine somebody with a fat lip. Snap-on veneers create thick teeth.
Second, Snap-on Veneers get loose because they can’t be bonded or hooked in place without drilling or damaging the anchor teeth. Have you ever tried to bite into anything with wiggling, thick teeth? No fun.
The mouth is a fine-tuned part of the human body. The tongue, lips and jaws are sensitive to tiny differences in movements. When the teeth are suddenly half a millimeter or more thicker, it changes how the face looks and it also affects a person’s ability to talk, chew and smile normally.
If Snap-on veneers were as great as they are supposed to be, I could sell them all day long. Unfortunately, they are cheap for a reason.
Important: Don’t get dental veneers without a bite analysis!
Porcelain Veneers sometimes get a bad rap for being “too fragile” or “too easy to chip off.” However, when they fail, it’s often because the dentist didn’t do a complete bite analysis before and after designing and placing the veneers. Having said that though…
BEWARE! If you are opening beer bottles with your teeth or trying anything else that would be equally dangerous to your natural teeth, don’t expect me to take the blame.
However, if you’re just living life and a veneer pops off or breaks, the first thing I think of as a dentist is that your bite probably wasn’t balanced and put too much force on the dental veneer.
A bite analysis is a critical part of every restorative procedure. If you have a new filling, crown or veneer and you notice in the first couple weeks that it feels “different” it’s worth bringing to your dentist’s attention. Maybe it feels “thicker,” “bulgy,” or “high,” don’t ignore it. Sometimes new restorations unexpectedly alter your bite and it is critical to get things re-balanced. A balanced bite protects your restorations and your teeth and helps them last as long as possible.