Porcelain Veneers Cover Imperfections in Your Smile

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
May 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Discover the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental veneers.

Are you ready to alter your smile with help from cosmetic dentistry? If so, you may be wondering what porcelain veneers are and what they can do for your appearance. Don’t let cosmetic flaws in your smile affect your appearance. Our Pittsburgh, PA, aesthetic dentist Dr. Gary Machiko can help. Learn more about these popular restorations.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells made from a tooth-colored material such as porcelain or composite resin that is bonded to the front of several Big Smile teeth to alter the appearance of your smile while hiding common imperfections.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

While veneers can be made from either porcelain or composite resin, our Pittsburgh, PA, dentist often uses porcelain because not only is the material very resilient and stain resistant but it also mimics that translucency and appearance of real tooth enamel.

What cosmetic problems can veneers improve?

Since veneers are designed to cover the entire front surface of a tooth you can imagine that it can do everything from changing the length and shape of a tooth to improving its color. Veneers are also great for hiding,

  • Internal stains and discolorations
  • Cosmetic chips and cracks
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Uneven or worn teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor crookedness, crowding or misalignments

What goes into getting veneers?

In order to get veneers, you will first need to come in for a consultation where we will examine your teeth and take X-rays to make sure that your teeth are strong and healthy enough to support veneers.

The second step is to prep the teeth for veneers. This involves removing a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. Next, impressions are taken. Temporary veneers may also be placed over your teeth to protect them. During your next appointment, you’ll come back in so that we can remove your temporary veneers and bond your permanent veneers to your teeth. Dental veneers can be made and placed in as little as two visits.

How long do veneers last?

How well you care for your smile will impact the longevity of your veneers. With proper maintenance and care, veneers can last anywhere from 5-10 years.

If you are interested in learning more about dental veneers and whether they are right for you then call our Pittsburgh, PA, dental practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Machiko.