Spokane and Cheney Cosmetic Dentist Explains Porcelain Veneers

Written by Dr. Collins on Aug 16, 2011

Both veneers and Lumineers are fairly recent developments in Cosmetic Dentistry, and many patients come to me looking for information about both applications. Either application provides an attractive and durable alternative to chipped or discolored teeth, but each has their own distinct properties. Today I’d like to explain the benefits of using porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers look like your own teeth:
One of the great advantages of porcelain veneers is that they are very natural looking. Also called dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement.

Since porcelain veneers have a glass-like quality they have a unique advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques because of their translucent nature. When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth’s surface by your Spokane Cosmetic Dentist, it closely mimics the light-handling characteristics of dental enamel, creating a natural-looking, bright smile. In fact, porcelain veneers are so natural-looking that they are virtually undetectable; most people won’t realize that you’ve had any type of cosmetic procedure at all.

Veneers made of porcelain are stain resistant:
As an inevitable part of the aging process everyone’s teeth will become worn and pitted to some extent, creating microscopic spaces for stain-producing foods like red wine and caffeine to cling to. This staining builds up over time and can create a dull-looking smile. Because of their smooth, glass-like finish, porcelain veneers have the benefit of being highly stain-resistant. This means you can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods without the worry of staining.

It requires only a few visits to our Spokane or Cheney Dental Office to complete the application of porcelain veneers and transform your smile, but your dentist is the best person to determine if this application is right for your particular situation.