Porcelain veneers are a highly trusted and popular cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Made of medical-grade ceramic, porcelain veneers attach to the front surfaces of teeth to transform a smile and as the dentist constructs them individually for each patient, they closely resemble natural teeth, including the appearance of dental enamel. Porcelain veneers have multiple applications such as orthodontic adjustments and teeth whitening and they continue to evolve and improve.
Origins of veneers
Veneers have grown in popularity over recent decades but they’ve existed for over a hundred years and have their origins in the film industry. Famed Hollywood dentist, Dr. Charles Pincus, created veneers to enhance the smiles of actors and actresses in movies. Dr. Pincus temporarily attached false fronts to the teeth of the actor or actress giving them an instant, stunning smile but he didn’t have the means to affix the porcelain permanently. It wasn’t until the 1960’s when Dr. Michael Bunocare started lightly etching teeth to create a bonding surface for dental restorations and sealants that the possibility of permanently affixing veneers existed. Finally, in 1982, two innovators named R.J. Simonsen and J.R. Calamia applied the tooth etching technique to porcelain veneers, thus providing everyone the opportunity to have a beautiful, star-worthy smile.
Through the years since their invention, porcelain veneers have evolved to become more convenient and lifelike than in the past. With new types of porcelain, veneers reflect light more naturally while becoming strong and more durable. With digital imaging systems, dentists can create restorations that almost perfectly match the natural color and shape of a person’s existing teeth and when combined with dental crowns or teeth whitening, veneers can give a person a bright, amazing smile.
Good candidates for veneers
Porcelain veneers are versatile enough to address several cosmetics and structural issues a person may experience. These issues include:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Cracks or chips
- Minimal misalignment
Patients interested in porcelain veneers need to be in good oral and overall health and practice great oral hygiene including regular dental visits. It’s important for a patient to be able to explain to the dentist their specific goals with this cosmetic dentistry treatment and to have realistic expectations about the results. Due to the etchings process required for placing porcelain veneers, patients need to have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel on their teeth for placement. Patients with gum disease, tooth decay or a root canal infection won’t qualify for porcelain veneers until the dentist addresses and treats the problems to restore a healthy mouth.
To determining if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation and exam with the experienced cosmetic dentistry professionals at Chianese Dental today.