What are Porcelain Veneers?

Dr. Yara Ramos D.D.S.

Dr. Yara Ramos D.D.S.

Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

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In this post we´ll tellyou what porcelain veneers are, and if you should consider or not getting a treatment

Dental veneersDental Veneers also referred to as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are custom-made, water-thin shells of tooth-coloring materials that cover the front surface of your teeth to enhance your appearance. You have to bond these shells to the front section of the teeth and this changes their length, size, shape, and color.Manufacturers make dental veneers from either resin composite or porcelain materials. Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains than resin veneers and tend to mimic the light reflection properties of your natural teeth better. It’s advisable to discuss with your dentist the most suitable veneer material for your case but porcelain is normally the best when you think in terms of quality.

Problems That Dental Veneers Fix

There are several problems that veneers fix. Porcelain veneers work so well on a person who has discolored teeth. Discoloration can result from the treatment of your root canal, stains from drugs like tetracycline, excess use of fluoride, or the availability of large resin fillings that discolor the teeth. You can also use Porcelain veneers when you have worn down teeth, broken or chipped teeth, irregularly shaped, uneven, or misaligned teeth, and teeth that have gaps in between them. Therefore, you can use porcelain veneers to close that spaces that exist between your teeth.

Procedure for Getting Porcelain Veneers

You should visit the dentist at least three times before you get porcelain veneers. The first session is a consultative one and the remaining ones for making and applying the veneers. You can either apply the veneers on one or several teeth simultaneously. Here are the steps to follow as you undergo this procedure.

Treatment and Diagnosis Planning

The first step requires you to participate actively. You have to explain to the dentist your desired results. The dentist will use this appointment to examine your teeth and confirm whether porcelain veneers are appropriate in your case. He should be able to discuss with you what the procedure entails and if there are any limitations. The dentist may take some X-rays and possibly make your teeth and mouth impressions.


The dentist will remove approximately ½ mm of enamel from the surface of the teeth while preparing you for the porcelain veneer. This amount is nearly equal to the veneer thickness that he will be adding on the surface of your tooth. You also need to discuss with him if there is need to get a local anesthetic to numb that area. The next step that the dentist will take is to prepare an impression or model of your tooth. Thereafter, he will send it to the dental laboratory which will construct the veneer. It can take between two to four weeks for the dentist to get the Porcelain veneers back from the laboratory. In case you have unsightly teeth, the dentist can place temporary dental veneers.


Before the dentist permanently cements the porcelain veneer on your tooth, he will place it on the tooth temporarily to scrutinize its color and fit. He will remove and trim the veneer repeatedly until he achieves the right fit. He can also adjust the color of the veneer with the shade of cement he will be using. The next step is to prepare the teeth for receiving the veneer by cleaning, polishing, and etching them. It will make the teeth rougher and support a strong bonding procedure.

The dentist will apply a special cement to the veneer before placing on the tooth. One the veneer is positioned on your tooth properly; the dentist will apply a special light beam to the porcelain veneer. This will activate the chemicals that are in the cement which makes it to harden and cure pretty fast. The last step is to remove any excess cement. Evaluate your bites and let the dentist make any final adjustments on the veneer. Some dentists may request you to go back for a follow-up visit after a few weeks to check the response of your gums to the veneer and examine the place of the veneer once more.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers:

The advantages of these veneers include;

  • Give your teeth a natural appearance
  • Gum tissues cope with porcelain veneers quite well
  • The veneers are resistant to stains
  • You can choose the color of porcelain veneers to give dark teeth a whiter appearance
  • Porcelain veneers will offer you a conservative approach to change the shape and color of your teeth. You don’t have to go through an extensive tooth shaping exercise before the procedure like the case of crowns. In fact, porcelain veneers offer a more aesthetic and stronger alternative to enhancing the appearance of your mouth.

Cons of Porcelain Dental Veneers

After understanding this procedure and its advantages, its good to understand its disadvantages so as to make an informed decision. These include.

  • The process is irreversible
  • The procedure is costly than resin bonding
  • Porcelain veneers are not repairable if they crack or chip
  • The teeth may become more sensitive because they don’t have an enamel
  • Veneers may fall off or dislodge though this is not often the case
  • Some teeth may still experience decay even with porcelain veneers
  • Veneers are not a good option if your teeth are unhealthy
  • People who grind or clench their teeth should not apply porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers can last you between seven to fifteen years. You can replace them after this period elapses. The good thing with porcelain veneers is that they don’t need any special care. Just follow the normal oral hygiene practices like flossing, brushing and rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. The dentist may also advice you to avoid stain causing foods and drinks like red wine, tea, or coffee even though porcelain veneers are stain resistant.

The available alternatives to porcelain veneers include crowns and bonding. Veneers are good because they offer an excellent intermediate option. They go an extra mile in changing the shape of your teeth and not just a small bite. Therefore, porcelain veneers overcome the limitations of bonding and crowns.

Call us now and request a free quote for a porcelain veneers service. In 757 Dental Solutions we transform your smile!

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