Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs: Porcelain Veneers

Not everyone is born with perfect pearly whites. However, because of modern day technology, it is easier now than ever to obtain the perfect smile. Most people believe that cosmetic dentistry is simply for appearance purposes,  but that is not the case. Cosmetic dentistry can also be a remedy for certain dental conditions.  One extremely successful option for those who want to fix the front of their teeth are porcelain veneers. Whittle Dentistry near Fort Worth TX offers veneers as well as:

  • Tooth whitening
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Tooth colored fillings
  • Invisalign
  • Bonding
  • Gum recontouring

 Here are some of Dr. William Whittle’s answers to frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are placed on the front of teeth. They are made up of several thin layers of porcelain and a layer of adhesive to hold it all together and stick it to teeth.

What do Porcelain Veneers do?

Porcelain veneers change the shape, size, and/or color of your teeth. They also help provide strength and resilience at the same level as natural teeth enamel. Some examples of those who use porcelain veneers include those who want to fix chipped front teeth or gaps between front teeth. In regard to teeth whitening, this option can be used for those whose teeth do not respond to bleaching or other whitening methods.

How are Porcelain Veneers Applied to Teeth?

Porcelain Veneers are applied to teeth easily and quickly. The first step is removing a small amount—usually less than a millimeter—of the patient’s natural tooth enamel on the teeth being operated on. This allows for the adhesive to stick as well as for the layers to fit securely in the mouth without looking bigger than the other teeth. A light-sensitive adhesive is then placed on the tooth underneath the layers of porcelain. These are attached and hardened by a specific light.

What are the Benefits to Porcelain Veneers?

There are many benefits to porcelain veneers. For one, it is extremely natural looking. Porcelain veneers are unique to each patient and therefore mimic the shape and form of the patient’s teeth creating a seamless and perfect smile. Because they are made of porcelain and not natural tooth enamel, they resist coffee, cigarette smoke, and other stains. Porcelain veneers can also be used to fix some small dentist work such as overlaps, chips, and small gaps.

How Can I Get Porcelain Veneers?

The cosmetic dentist, Dr. William Whittle of Whittle Dentistry near Fort Worth, TX offers porcelain veneers. By calling (817) 249-5522 or visiting our dentist office near Fort Worth, TX, an appointment can be made to consult with Dr. Whittle and find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.