Nowadays, both the aesthetics and functions of teeth are considered important factors when restoring the facial surface of teeth. In fact, many dentists have developed new techniques and solutions to improve both characteristics at the same time by performing just one procedure.

One of the mostly used techniques nowadays are the contour veneers, which are commonly used because they allow improving the stress distribution in the teeth during the dental occlusion and mastication at the time they improve the facial or frontal look and contour of the teeth, creating a beautiful smile ( please follow the link to read on Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation).

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), porcelain veneers are wafer-thin custom-made pieces of porcelain that allow to improve the teeth look at the time that increase their strength with an aspect very similar to the natural tooth enamel.

Although there are many options available to restore the light, shape and contour of the teeth nowadays, porcelain veneers are included among the most common and effective techniques.

Who Could Use Porcelain Veneers?

A good candidate for using porcelain veneers is a patient who needs slight position alterations in some teeth or needs to change a tooth shape, size and/or color. For example, porcelain veneers are highly recommended for patients who have darkened or discolored teeth (for any reason), chipped or worn down teeth due to bad habits (like biting the nails), minor alignment problems (like crooked, uneven or poorly positioned teeth) and even to correct widely spaced teeth.

However, it is important to highlight that visiting a qualified dentist is always the best way to determine if the patient is a good candidate for using porcelain veneers or if he/she could benefit more from other dental procedures. For example, in patients who suffer from bruxism, the veneers are not the best option because they can suffer important damages in a short period of time.

Likewise, non-aesthetic dental conditions like caries, gum disease and tooth and gum infections must be treated with other procedures and, in some cases, porcelain veneers are contraindicated in the acute diseases.

How Is the Porcelain Veneers Consultation Performed?

During the first consultation, the dentist will examine the entire patient's mouth to decide if porcelain veneers are the best option for him/her. Likewise, with this examination, the dentist can determine what steps or changes are necessary to achieve a perfect smile.

In some cases, the dentist will create a diagnostic mock-up to “try on” the porcelain veneers or show a photo of how the new smile will look before placing them on the patient's teeth, so the patient can see if the results are consistent with what he/she is looking for.

Some image and laboratory tests (like dental panoramic or blood tests) may be requested by the doctor to determine the patient’s general health condition and avoid complications.

How Are Porcelain Veneers placed?

To place a porcelain veneer over a tooth, the dentist must prepare the tooth surface to guarantee a proper adhesion between both structures. In general terms, the dentist must remove a small amount of enamel from the facial surface of the tooth that will be covered with the veneer.

After that, some procedures like impressions with digital scanners or impression materials may be needed to obtain the tooth shape and determine the best way to place the veneer, create a proper shape in relation with the other teeth and improve the patient's bite.

The shade for the porcelain veneer must be chosen by the dentist and the patient in order to create a veneer that looks natural and with the same shade that the other teeth. The dentist can use a temporary or provisional restoration while the definite veneer is made.

Once the porcelain veneer is done, the dentist will use special techniques to create the tightest possible relationship between the veneer and tooth. Finally, the dentist will check that veneer is well placed and that all the occlusal relationships between the teeth are proper to guarantee a permanent result.

How Much Does Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers will vary according to the number of teeth that will be repaired, the need for additional materials to perform the dental restoration, the need of preparing the teeth before the procedure and the procedures used to prepare them, the place where the procedure will be performed, the need of sedation during the veneers placement, among others.

The final result of a cosmetic dental procedure and the patient's satisfaction depends on the dentist quality. So, if you need to have a porcelain veneers procedure, need more details about the procedure itself or need to find the best dentist for a specific budget, please contact us at and we will gladly answer all your questions.


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