In order to avoid creating teeth that look too bulky (caused by layering too much material on top of the teeth), a small amount of tooth structure must be removed. There is much publicity about drill-less thin porcelain veneers. However, experience shows that this application has limitations, and these veneers often look unnatural. Most patients with porcelain veneers require some tooth reduction in order to obtain a natural and realistic result. The teeth must also be free of decay before they can receive porcelain veneers. After the teeth are minimally prepared with a dental drill, an impression of the teeth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory. This impression provides the laboratory with the information needed to design the veneers. A highly skilled and artistic dental technician fabricates the porcelain veneers according to our instructions and sends them back to our office.
The majority of smile makeovers today involve porcelain veneers. Although porcelain veneers (also known as porcelain laminates or dental veneers) have been around since the 1980's, their popularity did not materialize until years later. A series of cosmetic makeover television shows and news reports revealed the benefits of porcelain veneers and showcased the dramatic differences they made. People soon began to realize that porcelain veneers create amazing smile makeovers.
Porcelain veneers are a preferred treatment option for two main reasons: 1. They can dramatically change a smile in as little as two dental visits. 2. The procedure is virtually painless. Even the most fearful patient can comfortably have a new, beautiful smile in a short period of time with porcelain veneers.