Porcelain veneers are not one-size-fits-all, nor is there only one type of veneer out there. When you know about and understand the many available options, this cosmetic dentistry treatment can seem far more do-able for patients who may have otherwise written off the idea of a smile makeover. Find out what porcelain veneers are right for your new smile.
Types of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers can differ in composition or application, but they all do the same job – concealing and correcting cosmetic imperfections in your smile. Whether you have chipped, gapped, discolored, crooked, or otherwise flawed teeth, veneers can hide it all and give you a perfect, natural-looking grin. The only question is: What’s the best kind of porcelain veneer to get the job done?
- Traditional prep veneers: These are what people usually think of when they think of veneers. The traditional version of this cosmetic dentistry treatment requires the shaving down of tooth enamel to make sure the customized veneers fit precisely and minimize any chance of bulky, fake-looking teeth. Though this not a reversible treatment, when done well by an experienced dentist, traditional veneers can be an amazing smile makeover.
- Minimal prep veneers: Improving on the traditional veneer process, minimal prep veneers reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for the removal of any tooth enamel. Ultrathin veneers are made of improved, durable grades of porcelain that do not require any alterations to the natural tooth enamel.
- No-prep veneers: True to their name, no-prep veneers require no preparation to the teeth before the veneers are put in place. A thorough cleaning and buffing to create a smooth surface is all the prep that’s needed, so your natural tooth enamel still serves as a strong backdrop to the super-thin, super-tough, no-prep veneers.
- Chairside veneers: Chairside veneers are also referred to as cosmetic bonding or dental bonding. Using a tooth-colored resin, minor structural or cosmetic improvements are made to teeth to perfect their appearance. Because this procedure is so speedy, there is no need to wait in between consultation and application appointments for veneers to be created in a lab. Bonding is often used to close gaps, whiten discoloration, and even be a finishing touch after Invisalign or orthodontics.
Are You a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Before a patient can undergo a veneers procedure, they must qualify for this cosmetic dentistry treatment. Above all, your mouth must be completely healthy, with no sign of gum disease or decay. You cannot build a new smile on a poor foundation, so if your Fort Lauderdale dentist discovers any problems during your exam, these will need to be addressed before the smile makeover can move forward.
At Premier Smile Center, Dr. Johnson offers a complimentary cosmetic consultation for patients who are interested in porcelain veneers. During this visit, you will undergo a smile evaluation, have all your questions answered, and find out which type of veneers are the right choice for enhancing your smile.
Get on the path to a new smile and a new you with customized porcelain veneers. Contact your Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Charmaine Johnson.