Permanently stained teeth, crooked teeth, and other cosmetic issues may be preventing you from feeling your best about your smile. Historically, invasive or time-consuming treatments such as surgery and braces were the only ways to treat these issues, but thanks to modern dental technologies, you can completely transform your smile in just a couple of visits with porcelain veneers. Dr. Claire Cho uses this versatile treatment to help patients achieve stunning smiles in a short amount of time.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-designed, shaped, and shaded before they are bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are a highly customized treatment that can be used to hide a wide variety of imperfections. Patients choose veneers for:
- Crooked teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Permanent stains or discolorations that are unresponsive to whitening
- Small teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Small chips or cracks
- Uneven wear and tear
- Worn-down enamel
Determining whether veneers are right for you
The first step in transforming your smile with veneers is to visit Dr. Cho for an in-depth consultation. She will evaluate your smile and talk with you about your goals to help you determine whether porcelain veneers are the right choice for your individual needs and preferences. Most patients are good candidates for veneers, but if you smoke or have teeth that have been weakened due to decay or injury, another type of treatment may be a better option. Additionally, patients with active oral health issues such as periodontal disease, tooth loss, or decay typically need to have these issues treated before undergoing veneer placement, and in some cases, severely crooked or gapped teeth may require orthodontic treatment.