If you’ve spent any time researching cosmetic approaches to improving the overall look of your smile, you’ve probably heard of porcelain veneers. During this procedure, thin shells of hand-crafted porcelain are bonded permanently to the surface of your teeth to mask a number of smile flaws, such as:
Dr. Colin Lathrop has extensive hands-on experience placing both traditional and minimal-prep veneers. Blending an artistic eye, cutting-edge materials, and complementary therapies, he will factor the dimensions of your natural teeth as well as the overall appearance of your lips, cheeks, face, and jaw, facial structure when designing your veneers. Dr. Lathrop’s talent for visualizing the complete final picture means your veneers will look natural and beautiful.
Traditional porcelain veneers can address a wide range of issues and help you achieve a vibrant, healthy looking smile that suits your features beautifully. While they’re certainly more invasive and cost-intensive than dental bonding, porcelain veneers offer unparalleled durability, resistance to stains, and highly realistic light reflectivity.
Placing veneers requires the removal of a small amount of natural enamel from the front surface of the tooth. While this step is absolutely necessary to achieve a natural-looking veneer, some patients either do not have strong enamel or would prefer not to permanently alter their tooth structure. To help these patients enjoy the cosmetic and restorative benefits of veneers, Dr. Lathrop also offers minimal-preparation veneers. This ultra-thin type of veneer is fabricated from the same dental porcelain as regular veneers. The thinness of this veneer type allows Dr. Lathrop to minimize or completely avoid the need to remove any enamel. Minimal-prep veneers are approximately as thin as a contact lens, meaning that they may not fully mask conditions like very dark discoloration.
Dental porcelain is an ideal material for dental restorations because it offers exceptional strength, durability, stain resistance, and true-to-life light reflectivity. With proper care, porcelain veneers can 10 years or more. That said, the level of care you provide for your veneers is directly related to how long they last and how beautiful they remain. Caring for veneers includes: