An Introduction to Porcelain Veneers
One of the most effective ways to create a beautiful smile is by covering teeth with porcelain veneers. These ultra-thin porcelain shells are custom-fit to go over your natural teeth. Dr. Cutbirth is able to change the shape of your smile, or the color and length of your teeth, in only two short visits to the office.
You’ll be amazed at the beautiful smile you can have with porcelain veneers!
Why Porcelain Veneers Are So Popular
Dr. Cutbirth, Waco dentist, utilizes a new form of biomaterial that allows him to give you an entirely new smile without the need for a more extensive procedure. Using porcelain veneers, Dr. Cutbirth can repair chipped or damaged teeth, strengthen weakened teeth, or whitened stained or discolored teeth.
Just imagine a smile without yellow enamel or gaps between teeth!
Just as importantly. Dr. Cutbirth’s porcelain veneers can return your teeth to their original structural integrity. These ultra-thin dental veneers are created to fit snugly over your natural teeth. If you choose veneers for a single tooth, Dr. Cutbirth can match the color of your natural teeth so closely that no one will ever know you’re wearing a dental veneer.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Anyone with teeth that need significant work to correct shape, contour, or color could be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Dr. Cutbirth is able to use dental veneers to repair existing teeth, reducing the space between them, and create a totally natural end result. Your teeth can also be shortened or lengthened using porcelain veneers.
A veneer is actually a tiny piece of porcelain that is “bonded” onto your natural teeth. The veneer works to strengthen the existing tooth. Once a veneer is applied, it looks and feels exactly like your natural teeth.
Whether you choose to have Dr. Cutbirth use porcelain veneers on a single tooth, a few select teeth, or your entire smile, you’ll be astounded at the beautiful, natural-looking results!
Pros and Cons of Composite Veneers
Another option are veneers made of composite material. The biggest advantage of a composite dental veneer is that it can be applied in a single appointment in our office. Dr. Cutbirth will create the veneer directly over your existing tooth. After that, the veneer material is smoothed and polished so that it looks exactly like your other natural teeth.
Although composite veneers are quicker to apply, one disadvantage is that this type of veneer is not as strong as a porcelain veneer. A composite veneer is more likely to crack than one made of porcelain, although a fractured composite veneer can be easily repaired.
Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers may yellow or darken over time. Although stained veneers can be easily replaced, it is another disadvantage when compared to the porcelain type. If you’re unsure which type of veneer is right for you, talk to Dr. Cutbirth for more information.
Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers
It takes longer to apply porcelain veneers than it does with the composite type. You’ll have to visit our office twice—once to have your natural teeth prepared and have an impression made, and a second trip to have the finished veneers applied over your natural teeth. In between those two appointments, you’ll be fitted with temporary veneers made of plastic. These serve two purposes: 1) they protect your natural teeth until the porcelain veneers can be applied, and 2) they can serve as trial veneers so you can see how they feel and look and determine if you’d like any changes made to your porcelain veneers based on the temporary ones.
Porcelain veneers are quite thin, but they are much stronger than composite veneers. If a porcelain veneer does fracture, it’s more difficult to repair and may require a new veneer to be made.
Generally speaking, porcelain veneers offer several advantages over composite dental veneers, even though they take longer to apply.