Porcelain dental veneers, a type of porcelain bonded restoration, offer one of the most effective and versatile options available for individuals who would like to improve the appearance of their teeth. From deep stains to chips and gaps, this treatment can enhance your smile with long-lasting results that look both natural and beautiful.

Our experienced dentist, Dr. Brian Vence, takes a conservative approach to all of our dental procedures in order to preserve the health of your original teeth for as long as possible. This biomimetic approach allows patients to meet their esthetic and functional needs while maintaining their natural dentition, ultimately helping to sustain good oral health long into the future! Dr. Vence can talk with you about your goals and determine whether porcelain veneer treatment is the best option for your needs.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A porcelain veneer is composed of a thin shell made with a strong porcelain material that stays primarily within the enamel and preserves 90% of the tooth structure. The veneer is designed to cover only the visible portion of a tooth that is affected by certain esthetic or functional imperfections, helping to restore the tooth and improve its appearance. Porcelain veneers have been utilized in dental treatments for many years and have become a standard procedure for patients affected by a wide range of dental concerns. There is a 95% success rate at 30 years, according to Friedman, if the veneer is primarily in the enamel.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers offer an expansive array of benefits. While this treatment is often advantageous for patients who would like to improve esthetic dental concerns, it can also be helpful for functional issues. With porcelain veneers, you can:

  • Correct gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Cover up chips and cracks
  • Address severe levels of discoloration and deep stains that may not fully resolve with a teeth whitening procedure
  • Improve the function and appearance of teeth that have become worn down from acid erosion or grinding
  • Address mild cases of teeth misalignment

Dr. Vence utilizes Digital Smile Design (DSD) to customize all of our porcelain veneer procedures to each patient’s individual needs and goals. With that in mind, your porcelain veneer will be designed with very precise specifications to allow for the best fit and appearance possible. Many patients can preview their new look with a DSD Mock Up. Dr. Vence is a DSD Master! Ultimately, porcelain veneers should renew your teeth with results that look and feel like healthy, natural teeth.

Dental Crowns Vs. Porcelain Veneers

While porcelain veneers and dental crowns have a few similarities, they also have a number of distinctions that can make one treatment more beneficial than the other. Some of the major differences between the two options involve basic design and purpose. Veneers require less tooth reduction than crowns. Veneers, when appropriate, provide all the advantages of crowns while preserving tooth structure.

Dental crown treatments are more focused on improving function, while simultaneously enhancing appearance. A crown is utilized to restore and reinforce a tooth that has been heavily damaged by decay or injury. It is a custom-designed restoration that will be affixed to the tooth with a durable dental cement, giving the weakened tooth more support and protecting it from further harm. Dental crowns can save teeth from extraction and dramatically enhance both function and appearance. Crowns are helpful in a variety of procedures, often serving as the final step in root canal and dental implant therapies.

What Does the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Involve?

Once your teeth have been evaluated during the initial consultation and you and Dr. Vence have determined that porcelain veneers are right for your needs, he will develop a customized treatment plan and go over it with you in detail. With our innovative Co-Discovery and Digital Smile Design process, you are not just a patient – you are a partner in your care. Dr. Vence will answer all of your questions and work with you to create a treatment plan that successfully addresses your concerns.

In many cases, the affected tooth may need some slight modification to accommodate the veneer; however, since Dr. Vence believes in providing the least amount of original tooth alteration possible to yield the best functional and esthetic results, he will make any necessary adjustments as conservatively as possible. Dr. Vence will then take a dental impression of your teeth that will serve as a precise model for the creation of the veneer. The impression makes it possible to produce a veneer that fits accurately and comfortably, creating an outcome that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth. After the veneer is produced, it will be color-matched to surrounding teeth for a seamless blend. The veneer is then placed on the affected tooth with a strong bonding agent and given a final polish.

What About the Results from Porcelain Veneers?

One of the most prominent benefits of porcelain veneers is the longevity of results. With regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental check-ups, porcelain veneers can last decades. With that in mind, it’s important to take steps that ensure your veneers are well-taken care of in other ways. Excessive grinding, clenching, and pressure on the teeth can result in wear-and-tear of the veneer and potentially minimize the length of outcomes. For patients who have night bruxism (grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping), a custom-designed mouthguard can protect their veneers from damage over time.

Are you ready to renew your smile? Contact Vence Dentistry for more information on porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation. We can help you obtain the smile that lights up the room!