If you are looking for a complete smile makeover, look no further than porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made ceramic shells that are cemented over the top of your teeth to give you full control in crafting your ideal smile. They are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. If you have one or more chipped, misshapen, or gapped teeth, porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry solution that can resolve these issues for you.
An experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Paul Bowersox can provide you with a smile makeover consultation to determine how porcelain veneers can help you achieve your dream smile. Made from high-quality ceramic material porcelain veneers are considered a permanent restoration and will last for many years with good oral hygiene and dental care.
Here are some commonly asked questions regarding our porcelain veneers:
How are porcelain veneers secured to teeth surfaces?
To prepare your teeth for veneers, Dr. Bowersox will take dental impressions to ensure your veneer fits seamlessly into your smile. These impressions are sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. When the veneers are ready to be secured to your teeth, Dr. Bowersox will remove a small amount of the tooth surface so that the veneers fit securely without interfering with your bite pattern. The remaining tooth surface is then etched so that the dental cement sticks firmly, holding the porcelain veneer in place.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?
Porcelain veneers are designed to cover only the front side of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth and require that the existing tooth be completely shaved down to its foundational core. This essentially allows the crown to replace the tooth. Porcelain veneers are much less invasive than dental crowns and are better suited for more cosmetic purposes.
Will porcelain veneers blend in with my natural teeth?
Yes, the porcelain material that the veneers are made from helps them appear like natural teeth. They shine and reflect light just as your natural teeth would. No one should be able to tell that you have porcelain veneers unless you tell them. However, veneers are stain-resistant, meaning that you’ll need to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine so that the surrounding teeth do not dull and make the veneer stand out.