What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin sheets of advanced ceramics that cover the front of your teeth. You can get a porcelain veneer on one tooth or enhance your entire smile with them. They hide imperfections and protect your teeth from further damage. The term “porcelain” might make some think that they’re fragile, but they are actually made of a combination of durable ceramic materials. The name “porcelain” comes from the color and luster of the veneers. They look just like natural teeth! Veneers are a permanent cosmetic treatment and are long-lasting. Your veneers will last you 10-15 years with proper oral care.

Pretty lady revealing her transformative smile with porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers Repair your Smile

People in Columbus, OH, love porcelain veneers because they are versatile. They can give you a completely new smile in only a few weeks! Porcelain veneers can correct the appearance of:

  • Cosmetic chips and cracks
  • Wear from teeth grinding
  • Discoloration
  • Small teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Slightly rotated teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth

Cosmetic Chips and Cracks

Do you have some chips on your teeth that aren’t bothering you with sensitivity or pain, but you don’t like how they look? Or maybe you have a small crack that we have deemed only a cosmetic problem? Porcelain veneers can help. They’ll cover the front of your teeth or tooth to give them the appearance of a full, healthy tooth. If only one or a few of your teeth have been damaged, it’s still important to repair them with porcelain veneers in Columbus because they help protect your other teeth from further injury. Teeth that are straight and lined up protect each other!

Wear from Teeth Grinding

It’s not uncommon for us to find that many adults grind their teeth. Grinding wears away at the surface of your teeth, causing damage and eventually sensitivity and pain. We can repair your worn-down teeth with veneers and fit you with a night mouthguard to prevent damage to your cosmetic restorations.

Discoloration

You might think, why can’t I just whiten my teeth instead? You can. But there are certain instances where whitening won’t do the trick or get your teeth as bright white as you’re hoping. If you have years of deep straining, we may not be able to lift the stains with only whitening. If you have thin tooth enamel that shows through to your dentin, whitening won’t work. Finally, if you have a naturally darker shade of enamel, your teeth may not be able to become as white as you were hoping.
Porcelain dental veneers effectively cover all staining, and you can choose your level of whiteness.

Small teeth

Some people are born with small teeth. It’s not a health concern, but you may not like how they make your smile look. Life is too short to feel self-conscious, so get veneers to reshape your teeth and increase their size.

Crooked teeth, Slightly rotated teeth & Gapped teeth

Have you thought about straightening your teeth but were turned off by how long it would take? If you have mild crookedness, porcelain veneers can give you the outward appearance of straight teeth. Sometimes they’re called instant orthodontics! Likewise, if you have a few teeth that are rotated, we can bond porcelain veneers to the front to straighten them out. Porcelain veneers can fix gapped teeth too by enlarging their appearance and closing those gaps.

Poorly shaped teeth

Your teeth may be poorly shaped. In that case, we can give them a completely new shape with dental veneers. Ask your local Columbus cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Firouzian, for a consultation for a porcelain veneer.

Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Those with cosmetic concerns about their teeth are generally good candidates for porcelain veneers. Your teeth, gums, and mouth should be otherwise healthy besides needing cosmetic correction.

If the damage to your teeth is causing you sensitivity and pain, or you have gum disease, you’ll need alternative treatment. For cases of damaged teeth that pose a health risk, you’ll need a crown or tooth replacement. If you have gum disease, we can treat it before bonding your veneers to your teeth. Veneers can not replace a missing tooth. Your cosmetic dentist in Columbus will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth before proceeding with porcelain veneers.

Our Columbus, OH, Porcelain Veneer Process

You’ll have two to three appointments over just a few weeks.

At your first appointment, you’ll consult with your Columbus cosmetic dentist. You’ll discuss your goals for your teeth, and we’ll perform a dental examination. If everything looks good, we’ll proceed to prep your teeth. If we find gum disease or you are not a good candidate for veneers, we’ll discuss other options, and another appointment may be necessary. We’ll prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. The preparation for this procedure makes porcelain veneers permanent, so you’ll need to be sure you want them. Once your teeth are prepped, we’ll take impressions and send those off to the lab, and they’ll create your new smile.

Your next appointment will be when your porcelain veneers arrive at our office. This is where we’ll bond the veneers to your natural teeth to give you a new, flawless smile.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers offer many benefits.

  • Very natural-looking
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • We can complete it in a month
  • No need for retainers
  • Can address multiple problems at once

Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

An alternative treatment that is similar to porcelain veneers is lumineers. We bond them to the front of your natural teeth just as we would with regular dental veneers, but they don’t require any preparation of your teeth.

Lumineers are less than 1mm thick and bond directly to your teeth without removing enamel. Because of this, lumineers are a reversible procedure. If you have slight cosmetic concerns, lumineers might be for you. However, if your staining is more extensive, lumineers won’t cover it.

The question of lumineers or porcelain veneers depends on your teeth and your level of commitment. If you prefer a reversible treatment, choose lumineers. If you have extensive cosmetic damage, choose porcelain veneers. As always, your cosmetic dentist in Columbus can help you decide.

Repair Your Teeth with Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers in Columbus, OH

Porcelain veneers and lumineers have been helping people in Columbus, OH, achieve beautiful smiles. With the help of Columbus’ most talented cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Firouzian, of course! Schedule an appointment with Firouzian Dentistry and achieve the smile of your dreams in a month or less. Call (614) 848-5001 or make an appointment online.