26 Nov

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

snapon-smile-4Porcelain veneers have a very interesting history that actually originates in Hollywood. The term “Hollywood smile” isn’t just an empty saying, but one that started in the late 1920s when Dr. Charles Pincus began applying false fronts to the teeth of actors and actresses in order to produce stunning smiles on screen. It wasn’t until 1982 that J.R Calamia and R.J Simonsen actually determined that false fronts, called veneers, could be bonded to the teeth using a mild acidic solution.

Since that discovery in 1982, doctors and dentists have worked diligently to develop completely natural-looking veneers that are convenient and widely accessible. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and want a permanent solution, porcelain veneers could be your best option.

What Purposes Do Veneers Serve?  Veneers can fix chips, cracks, gaps, misalignment, and discoloration.

Will I Qualify For Veneers? If you have strong oral health, enough healthy enamel, and will commit to proper oral hygiene, then you are the perfect candidate for veneers. Unfortunately, tooth decay and gum disease make successful veneers impossible until the problems have been resolved. Veneers are permanent, so this procedure is only right for you if you can commit to a lifetime change. Ultimately, your dentist will evaluate your health history, dental health, and enamel condition before determining whether veneers can serve as a solution to your teeth troubles.

What is the Process to Obtain Veneers? Since veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth in a highly customized manner, a few personalized consultations are required for your dentist to familiarize himself with your needs and create a mock-up of the final product. Some mock-ups are made of wax, while others use 3D computer images. It’s then a matter of choosing your material. Pressed ceramic veneers are strong but thicker, while stacked ceramic veneers are designed with more precision. Lithium disilicate is a new type of extremely strong dental porcelain that is also an option for people who grind their teeth at night. Most veneers last about ten years, but that time frame will continue to lengthen as technology advances.

If you’re looking for a smile makeover with minimal pain and maximum results, veneers are a perfect options.


Dr. Obrochta