Porcelain veneers, thin pieces of ceramic bonded to the front of your teeth, are commonly used to hide discoloration, brighten teeth, and generally improve your smile. Veneers are a wonderful smile-makeover option providing dramatic and long-lasting results. As with any medical procedure however, there are advantages to porcelain veneer bonding. Collins Street Smiles
Dr. Sands, a well-known Hollywood cosmetic dentist, helps distinguish the pros and cons of this procedure:
“Porcelain veneers are such a great option for anyone who wants to better their smile. The best feature of porcelain veneers is that your smile looks natural with them in place. I have performed veneer adhesions for countless celebrities, and even when you look close at those folks, you can’t tell they have undergone any cosmetic dentistry procedures. Porcelain veneers are also very hard to stain, so no one has to give up their favorite wine or cigarette”
“Veneers are a little more expensive than other types of procedures that give similar results, but the quality you get is unmatched and well worth the cost.”
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have two main advantages over other dental-bonding procedures:
- Extremely natural looking
Porcelain and tooth enamel are both white and translucent. So they react to light in similar ways. Light enters them both and is reflected back off the layer beneath them. In the case of porcelain, that’s the dental cement that attaches them. In the case of tooth enamel, it’s the yellowish dentin layer below the enamel. The result is a completely natural looking smile.
- Exceptionally stain-resistant
Since porcelain is a ceramic, stain-producing products roll right off the surface, just like glass. Veneers made of porcelain are naturally stain resistant, even for those who can’t give up their daily trip to Starbucks or their daily glass of red wine with dinner.