What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A porcelain veneer is a small, tooth-shaped shell of high-grade dental porcelain that’s custom-crafted to mimic the front surface of one of your teeth. The porcelain is semi-translucent, like your tooth’s enamel, and in addition to matching its color, the veneer can also reflect light like your natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to create a brand new smile without needing multiple cosmetic dental procedures.

When to Choose Porcelain Veneers

To prepare a tooth for a veneer, Dr. Darlington will have to lightly sculpt away the enamel from the front of it. Each veneer is approximately .5 mm or less thick, and the preparation allows the shell to fit comfortably while blending in naturally with your smile’s contour. Because they essentially replace the visible portions of your teeth, porcelain veneers can address a wide variety of cosmetic dental concerns, including;

  • Stains and/or discoloration that originate inside of the tooth
  • Worn down surfaces that change the shape of a tooth
  • Chipped edges, or lightly cracked tooth surfaces
  • Teeth that seem too small compared to those next to it
  • Teeth that are slightly crooked (unless they need to be repositioned with orthodontic braces)
  • Noticeably excessive spaces between teeth (i.e., diastema)