The Problem:Stained or discolored teeth
Gaps between teeth
Worn down teeth
The Solution:Porcelain veneers are thin layers of reinforced porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of teeth. They can dramatically transform unsightly teeth into a beautiful smile.
The Advantages:Porcelain veneers are reinforced and bonded to your teeth. This allows them to be thin, to conserve your natural tooth enamel. The color of porcelain is very stable and will not change over time. Veneers mimic the natural look of teeth very well and often look better than natural teeth.
The Disadvantages:A minimal amount of enamel may need to be reduced and replaced with the porcelain veneer. Though you can expect veneers to last for many years, they do eventually need to be replaced. Also, like teeth, veneers can break.
The Alternatives:For small repairs to teeth, a tooth-colored composite bonding mat suffice, though the results are better with porcelain veneers.
If a tooth has decay or a previous filling, a porcelain crown may be a better alternative since it will help to strengthen the tooth as well.
If your problem is crooked teeth, orthodontic braces may be a better option.