Improving your smile’s appearance can have a significant positive affect on your overall self-confidence. But when you have more than one issue to contend with, such as discolored, misaligned, chipped, and malformed teeth, improving your smile may seem like a challenge.
The good news is that with porcelain veneers, which are becoming increasingly more popular, you may be able to address all of your cosmetic smile concerns at once, and with minimal effort.
1. Veneers are versatile
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are custom-designed to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. Rather than altering the color and shape of a tooth, a porcelain veneer creates a brand new face for a cosmetically-blemished tooth. Therefore, veneers can address a multitude of different concerns, instead of just one or two. In some cases, veneers can be used to create a complete smile makeover in just a single procedure.
2. Veneers are conservative
Even though the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve your smile, one of the main goals is also to preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. Each veneer is typically 0.5mm thin or less, and placing them only requires slightly preparing the front surfaces of your teeth to accommodate them.
3. Veneers are highly lifelike
Perhaps the biggest reason porcelain veneers are so popular is because they closely mimic the appearance of your teeth. The porcelain used is semi-translucent, like tooth enamel, and can be tinted and layered. In addition to resembling the shade and hue of your teeth, porcelain veneers are also designed to reflect light in the same manner as your healthy tooth enamel.