Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed on the tooth surface to recreate the look of natural teeth. It is a popular and successful choice of treatment in situations where the tooth structure has issues due to poor shape, color and contours. It is an excellent choice of treatment for fractured teeth, filling in gaps between the teeth and teeth with twists and overlaps. Porcelain veneers can also cosmetically improve the appearance of teeth with superficial stains and dark colored teeth that do not respond well to bleaching or whitening procedures. It can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white. One of the advantages of porcelain veneers, unlike natural teeth are that they are resistant to coffee/tea stains and cigarette smoke.


There is usually minimal preparation (usually ~ 1mm) to account for the thickness of the porcelain that is bonded directly to the tooth structure. The preparation is essential as it creates room for the veneer fit on the tooth while duplicating natural tooth function. Every case is different for each patient, as there is no set rule on how much preparation is needed. In some cases, minimal or "no prep" veneers can be done where there is very little to no preparation of the tooth structure.


Keep in mind a porcelain veneer is not a reversible treatment because a portion of the tooth enamel will usually be reduced. There is possibility that temporary sensitivity may result after the placement of the porcelain veneers due to the removal of the thin layer of removal. This is quite normal and will usually disappear in a short period of time. Regular dental visits for check up and cleaning with proper oral hygiene (flossing and brushing) is expected as your regular teeth to ensure the longevity of the veneers.


Visit your dentist and consult to see if porcelain veneers will be the right choice for you. As every patient has their own unique set of teeth and different expectations with the outcome of the treatment it is important to establish if veneers are the best form of treatment and that the results will be successful and satisfactory.

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