If you’re looking for a simple, affordable way to enhance your smile, porcelain veneers are one of our least invasive cosmetic options. Our expert dentists look forward to discussing the goals you have for your smile and creating a treatment plan that would make them a reality.
What are Porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are customized ceramic shells that we bond to your teeth to repair chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps. These thin, natural-looking restorations are colored to match your natural teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place teeth veneers routinely and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile. We also perform composite bonding, another type of veneer, that is made of resin. But durability and strong resistance to staining make porcelain veneers the more popular choice.
Will they look like normal teeth?
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.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
We will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
What are the benefits of getting porcelain veneers?
When it comes to porcelain veneers, both smile and quality of life are immediately transformed through an improvement in functionality and aesthetics. Our veneers are made to fit your unique smile, so there’s no need to worry about losing the individuality of your appearance. There’s no cookie-cutter treatment plan at Dental Care of Baltimore—our veneers are made to order! The superior quality of our veneers includes the following:
- Stain resistance
- Strength and durability
- Natural appearance
Are porcelain veneers right for me?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for anyone with issues ranging from minor tooth damage to damage requiring a complete smile makeover. The best candidates for porcelain veneers are those with cracked, chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth that are ready for a long-lasting transformation. Our cosmetic dentists are highly experienced and dedicated to creating beautiful, healthy smiles for their patients.
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
No. Once we’ve done a complete smile analysis and discussed your desired goals, we begin by decreasing the size of your tooth to make room for the veneer. We do this by shaving off a small portion of the tooth enamel, so the new veneer fits perfectly to your tooth. You will receive a temporary veneer while we make a mold of your tooth. At the following appointment, we remove the temporary and bond the final veneer to your tooth.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Yes, veneers are very long-lasting, sometimes for up to 20 years. We recommend you avoid any habits that might put unnecessary stress on the veneers, such as nail-biting, straw chewing, opening bags or containers with teeth, and even removing gloves with your teeth, to increase their longevity. Proper care that you give your natural teeth is best for your veneers as well. Brush twice and floss once daily. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a bite guard would provide extra protection. It’s best to refrain from hard foods, like nuts, with front veneers.
How often should veneers be replaced?
With the proper care, you should never need to replace your new veneers. Regular brushing, flossing, and attending teeth cleanings and examinations at our office is the secret to longevity when it comes to veneers.
What are the disadvantages of veneers?
There aren’t many. Perhaps the only disadvantage to getting veneers is that it may cause you to want to have more cosmetic procedures done. Additional treatments may include gum contouring done and crown lengthening to help symmetry. Some of our patients choose to undergo teeth whitening as well. In the end, these additional treatments turn out to be advantages rather than disadvantages!
Can porcelain veneers stain?
No! A truly convenient benefit of porcelain veneers is that food and drink will not discolor your teeth. This is one reason our patients typically choose porcelain veneers over composite bonding: their strong resistance to discoloration.