veneers smileVeneers are a thin shell usually made out of porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of your tooth. Unlike crowns which cover the entire tooth, veneers are generally used for cosmetic improvement and are especially good options for discoloration, poorly shaped structure or to eliminate large gaps between teeth. Placing veneers require a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to detail. We place veneers routinely and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of your smile. Veneers are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

Are veneers natural looking?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

veneers before and afterAm I a good candidate for veneers?
After a thorough examination your dental professional will determine if dental veneers are the best option for you. Teeth must be healthy and free of decay and active periodontal disease. If you grind your teeth or clench, your dentist may recommend a dental night guard to help minimize the stress on your teeth.

What other considerations are there?
Veneers typically require less removal of tooth enamel than crowns however the process is not reversible once the enamel is removed. Even though high quality porcelain is used and bonded to your existing tooth with the most advanced and proven materials available, the veneer is somewhat brittle. Avoid nail-biting and chewing on hard objects. DO NOT use your teeth as tools to open items