Over the last couple of decades, porcelain veneers have become an increasingly more popular cosmetic dentistry solution. That’s because they’re not only highly lifelike in their appearance, but also durable against bite pressure and minimally invasive to your healthy tooth structure. Together, the many benefits of porcelain veneers make them as effective at improving your smile as they are at preserving your good oral health. However, before choosing veneers to improve your smile, your dentist will first make sure you know all there is to know about them and what they can do for your healthy teeth.
How do veneers work?
A porcelain veneer is a wafer-thin shell of porcelain, which is hand-crafted to closely match highly precise measurements and images of your tooth. Digital imaging equipment ensures the accuracy of your tooth’s measurements, and therefore, the precision of your finished veneer. Once complete, the thin porcelain shell is bonded to the front surface of your tooth, creating a brand new, blemish-free face for it.
Is a veneer better than a crown?
Their ability to minimize changes to your tooth structure is one of the biggest benefits of porcelain veneers, especially compared to porcelain crowns that completely cover your teeth. In some cases, this makes a veneer preferable to a dental crown. However, depending on the extent of damage or wear on your tooth, a crown may be necessary to fully restore and improve it.
How will I know if veneers are best?
To make sure that one or more porcelain veneers are your best option, your dentist will first perform a comprehensive examination to determine that they’ll effectively improve your smile. For many patients, a veneer is the ideal option for addressing severe tooth discoloration, a crack or chip in its surface, a particularly small tooth, and much more.
Learn More About Veneers’ Unique Benefits
Porcelain veneers are unique in that they can completely revitalize your tooth’s appearance without having to alter much of your tooth structure. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.