porcelain veneersSecond to eyes, studies say that your smile is one of the first things someone will notice about you. That’s pretty important in a society that puts a high value on first impressions. It’s no wonder there is a cultural obsession over teeth whitening products. If you’re looking to instantly improve your smile though, you might consider porcelain veneers as an option.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells made from tooth-colored material that matches the look of your teeth. They are bonded to the surface of your real teeth and are intended to whiten, enhance or re-shape your teeth so that they look uniform, creating that coveted, perfect smile.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Resin Veneers

Veneers are typically made from either porcelain or resin. The advantage of porcelain veneers is that they resist stains better than resin, and also reflect the light in a similar manner as real enamel.

Traditional vs. No-Prep Veneers

Traditional veneers usually require that a thin layer of tooth enamel be removed to accommodate the veneers. Because of this, traditional veneers are not typically reversable. Traditional veneers may be preferred when there are difficult-to-cover dark stains or very little room between teeth.

No-prep veneers (sometimes known by the brand name Lumineers) require very little, if any, enamel removal. They do make your teeth look slightly bigger, but they do little to no damage to tooth enamel. This also means that if for any reason you want to remove the prep-less veneers, you can usually do so without damaging your natural teeth. Lumineers are usually used when there are more gaps between the teeth and no dark staining.

Ready to instantly improve your smile? Contact our office for a consultation and get ready to show off that perfect smile!