Porcelain Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently attached to the front of the teeth to conceal imperfections. They may also be derived from composite resin reinforced with quartz. Porcelain veneers are the premier standard of care in cosmetic dentistry.

Many people don’t realize that veneers in combination with occlusal modifications, such as opening the bite, can have a profound impact on the entire face. This can result in the appearance of a face-lift or a reduction of wrinkles without any plastic surgery. So in developing your personalized Smile Design, we take that into account when modifying the teeth to achieve such desired objectives. This is why for a number of our clients, they actually look 10 years younger after our Smile Designs. Imagine their rejuvenated spirit!

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

For people who want veneers, they should have strong and healthy teeth. Common indications or reasons for wanting veneers are:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • Small gaps between the teeth
  • Chipped or worn teeth
  • Patient does not want braces to correct malalignment

It is important to remember that while porcelain veneers may look and feel like natural teeth, they are also susceptible to chipping, breaking and decay like natural teeth.  We recommend a night guard to protect the veneers and good home care which include flossing and good brushing techniques.

How are the teeth prepared for porcelain veneers?

Only a thin layer of enamel on the outside surface (about 5/10 to 8/10 of a millimeter) is removed from the teeth to make room for the veneers. This allows the veneers to have the proper contour without appearing to be bulky or unnatural.

How many porcelain veneers are needed for a new Smile Design?

This depends entirely on the desired result. If there is only one tooth that is discolored or malformed, then a single veneer may be all that is needed. To get a more balanced and even looking result, it may be recommended that several veneers (from 4 to 8) be done at the same time. This allows us to get the best result possible. When closing large gaps between teeth, 6 to 10 veneers may be necessary to get a proper aesthetic result.

How long will porcelain veneers last?

There are no hard and fast rules about how long porcelain veneers will last. While you can certainly expect your veneers to last many years (some patients have had them for 20 or more years) they do not last forever. With good home care and by exercising good judgment as well as wearing a night guard, porcelain veneers could last well in excess of 10 to 15 years.  Ask about our limited warranty.

Veneers Before & After