You may not always be completely happy with your smile’s appearance, but sometimes, the issues that affect it can be more than just a nuisance. For some people, the right smile improvement plan is essential to helping them regain their confidence in their smile and overall appearance, and as a result, a healthier quality of life. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can work to improve a wide range of smile concerns with optimal results, and with minimal preparation to your tooth structure. This means they may be the best option for improving your smile’s appearance even when you have multiple different concerns to improve.

What they can do for your teeth

Porcelain veneers are similar to dental crowns in their overall function. Made from highly lifelike and durable dental porcelain, veneers are bonded to natural tooth structure in a way that makes them a semi-permanent part of the tooth. However, while a dental crown is designed to completely cap a tooth’s visible structure (also referred to as its crown), a veneer is only designed to replicate the tooth’s front surface. Once bonded to this surface, the veneer instantly transforms the tooth’s visible appearance, but it doesn’t require modifying all of the tooth’s crown in order to accommodate it.

What they don’t require

Because they only transform the front surfaces of your teeth, porcelain veneers don’t require the level of preparation that dental crowns require. This means that improving your teeth and smile can be accomplished while maximizing the preservation of your healthy, natural tooth structure. This is important for many reasons, but most importantly, because any changes to your tooth structure will be permanent. By minimizing them, porcelain veneers can offer the best of both smile improvement and tooth preservation, optimizing your treatment results and your long-term oral health in the process.

How they work once they’re in place

Keeping your treatment minimally invasive is an important aspect of how porcelain veneers work, but their benefits continue long after they’ve been bonded to your teeth’s surfaces. The porcelain that mimics your healthy, natural tooth structure’s appearance is also highly biocompatible and durable. This means it can successfully withstand pressure from biting and chewing without sustaining damage and without your veneer being forced out of place. The porcelain also won’t cause undue wear on the structures of the opposite teeth when you bite and chew.

Learn more about how veneers work

Find out if porcelain veneers could work to improve your smile and oral health, and whether they’re the best option for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.