Porcelain veneers are a viable option when you want to correct a less than perfect smile caused by stained teeth, gaps or even chipped teeth. Today’s options include dental veneers that are thin shells, custom-made from tooth-colored porcelain. They are bonded to your teeth and have the ability to change the length, size, shape and even overall color of your smile.

Problems Concealed By Veneers

If you live in Wisconsin, particularly the area of Cottage Grove, veneers can be a great alternative to crowns which are designed to encase the entire tooth. Veneers can conceal a whole host of problems including:

  • Stained teeth – Certain prescription drugs, fluoride and even food and drink can cause stains. Sometimes, teeth whitening cannot resolve the stains.
  • Damaged teeth – Teeth can be worn down from excessive grinding or can even be broken or chipped from injury.
  • Uneven teeth – When your teeth are not aligned properly, funky-shaped or simply uneven, veneers can masked these cosmetic issues.
  • Gaps – Sometimes, gaps in between the teeth cannot be resolved by braces so veneers can fill in those gaps.

Pros and Cons of Veneers

Porcelain veneers have some definite advantages when providing a nicer smile. They look natural, are highly resistant to stains and you can also choose the shade of white you would like. Your gums will tolerate porcelain veneers very well and also provide a conservative option in regards to changing your smile.

Unfortunately, the process is not reversible because your dentist has to remove a fine layer of enamel in order to adhere them to your existing teeth. Plus, your teeth are likely to be more sensitive to temperature changes because of the enamel removal. In addition, you cannot repair most veneers if they become cracked or chipped so that means you have to get new veneers. And unless you cover all of your teeth with veneers, the color of your other teeth will not match the veneers.

Caring for your Veneers

No special care is required for your veneers. With proper oral hygiene techniques such as brushing and flossing, veneers will last for up to ten years before new ones are required for replacement. While porcelain does resist stains, you should still avoid stain-causing food and drink such as red wine and coffee to prolong whiteness.

If you are a resident of Cottage Grove, veneers can be obtained from our Excellence in Dentistry practice. We will work together with you to create a treatment plan to ensure all of your oral care and smile makeover needs are met.