Seattle Porcelain Veneers
by Lance Timmerman DMD
Are you unhappy with so many things about your teeth that it’s hard to know where to start? Do you wish you could just get a fresh set of teeth with the right color, the right shape, and the right size to give you the smile you desire? Or you have one problematic tooth that makes you unhappy because of its color, shape, or size? If these describe your situation, porcelain veneers may be able to help.
To learn how porcelain veneers can remake your smile, please call (206) 965-9871 or email Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that can be fitted to the front of your teeth to give you brand-new visible surfaces to your teeth. They can also fit over the tops of your teeth to give added height.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers are an extremely versatile dental restorations. They can be used to fix many of the most common complaints people have about their smiles, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Short, worn, or poorly shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
And they can correct all these problems in one procedure, often better than competing treatments.
Porcelain veneers may be better for some discolorations than teeth whitening. If your enamel is not naturally as white as you want it to be, or if the discoloration comes from within the tooth, porcelain veneers will give you a much better result.
Porcelain veneers are a better treatment for gapped, chipped, worn, or poorly shaped teeth than dental bonding because they last longer, are more stain resistant, and have a luster closer to natural tooth enamel.
Porcelain veneers can be used as an orthodontic treatment by reshaping your teeth, rather than moving them around. Whether this is a better procedure for you depends on the nature of your smile, your cosmetic goals, and other factors you can discuss with Dr. Timmerman.
Are Porcelain Veneers Fragile?
Many people think of porcelain as being fragile, but porcelain describes the color of the ceramic, not its hardness properties. The porcelain used in veneers is an advanced ceramic that includes plastics and is hot-press molded for strength, accurate sizing, and to eliminate flaws. It is very strong, especially when bonded to your teeth. Studies have shown that more than 90% of porcelain veneers are intact and in place 10 years after placement, and more than 80% last 20 years or more.
To learn more about porcelain veneers and find out if they are right for you, please contact Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today for an appointment.