Are Porcelain Veneers the Right Choice?

Oct 1st 2015 at 1:46 AM

If you are in need of a smile update due to chipped, broken or uneven teeth, porcelain veneers may be a good option for you. Veneers are durable, super-thin shells that are attached to each tooth. Porcelain veneers are able to change the look of your teeth by providing aesthetically pleasing color, shape and size to your smile. They're kind of like artificial acrylic fingernails, but for your teeth. Dental veneers in South Pasadena have a number of benefits that many patients appreciate.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry option meant to give patients an improved smile that looks natural. The thin porcelain material used in veneers looks very much like your own tooth enamel. It's durable, lasts for decades, and resists staining.

Dental veneers can serve a variety of purposes. They can cover stained and yellow teeth, as well as improve the look of uneven teeth. Veneers also fix issues related to crowding, overlapping or gaps.

If you have chipped or broken teeth, they can be easily covered. Crooked teeth or other flaws are also camouflaged by dental veneers.

How Veneers Differ from Dentures and Crowns

Dentures are basically false or artificial teeth that are attached to a plastic base made to give the appearance of gums. Dentures can be full or partial. They serve to replace teeth entirely rather than applying onto them for improvements.

Because a full set of dentures is usually less expensive, they are sometimes opted for at the expense of removing perfectly healthy teeth. Veneers do not require the removal of teeth, and can simply be used to cover existing teeth or fill in small gaps.

Dental crowns are made of thicker material than veneers. They cover the entire tooth, rather than simply attaching to the front.

In order to be prepared for a crown, the tooth must be re-shaped, reduced in size to a nub. Much less reduction in size is required for porcelain veneers, and there again, only on the front part of the tooth. Sometimes there is no need to alter the tooth at all, and veneers can simply be placed and adhered with no significant preparation work other than cleaning.

Talk to your dentist about which may be best for you. Because of their natural appearance and less invasive application, veneers are often the superior choice for those not needing significant alterations to teeth size or structure.

About the Author:
This article is written by Ashish (A.J.) Vashi, DDS, he is the owner at South Pasadena Smiles. They are the only dental office in South Pasadena providing expert services in one visit porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays, teeth whitening, invisalign, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants by using state of the art technology.

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