Porcelain veneers have been used to achieve the trademark “celebrity smile” since the 1920s, when the first rudimentary versions were developed to give actors an impeccable – but temporary – smile to last the duration of filming.
Veneers have come a long way since those early studio days, skyrocketing in popularity to become one of the most performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Michael Delmont, of Delmont Dentistry, in Los Angeles is seeing more patients choose porcelain veneers as an attractive alternative to aligners or orthodontic braces to enhance imperfect teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be used to treat one tooth or an entire set. The treatment time consists of impression taking, veneer fabrication, and application. This means most patients can have a smile transformation in as little as one month’s time, as opposed to several months to a few years with aligners or traditional braces.
Porcelain veneers can be used to cover misalignment, give uniformity to teeth that are disproportional or misshapen, lengthen teeth, and conceal staining or discoloration caused by years of consuming dark substances such as wine, coffee, tea or from taking certain medications.
You are a good candidate for porcelain veneers if:
- You have gaps between your teeth, making them uneven
- Your teeth are structurally fine but have chips or misshapen edges
- Your teeth do not line up evenly when you close your bite
- Your teeth are pocked or grooved, detracting from a confident smile
Porcelain veneers are nonporous wafers composed of a ceramic material that are bonded onto your natural teeth. Veneers can last 15-20 years without any discoloration, giving you a perpetually white smile.
The main qualifications before fitting and applying veneers are for the patient to have healthy gums and teeth free of decay. Any cavities should be repaired and gum disease treated prior to the veneer procedure (future cavities will not form under the veneers, however, they can form on the back of the tooth). The patient should also have fully formed facial bones (most patients should be age 17 or older) to reduce chances for the teeth to shift out of place.
Dr. Delmont is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Contact him at (310) 652-7742 to schedule a porcelain veneer consultation.