Veneers are an excellent choice to improve the appearance of teeth that are cracked, chipped, misaligned, gapped, discolored, or irregularly shaped. High-grade dental porcelain is used to achieve natural-looking results.
Veneers are custom-made for each individual patient, and most patients qualify for this cosmetic treatment. Aside from being free of any decay or gum disease, the most important qualification is a sufficient amount of enamel on the natural tooth. To place veneers, the cosmetic dentist needs to remove a small amount of enamel, so if your teeth do not have enough, they might not be the right choice for you. In these cases, Dr. Stragier might recommend dental bonding to achieve similar results.
Once placed, veneers can be treated like natural teeth. Because porcelain is strong, patients can expect this solution to last for many years. However, for the longest-lasting results, it is recommended that you avoid using your veneers to bite into especially hard foods such as raw carrots, ice, or hard candy. Porcelain veneers can be maintained with basic oral hygiene (regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist).