Porcelain Veneers

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are often a good way to improve your smile because they have the important advantage of requiring much less removal of natural tooth structure than crowns, or “caps.”  This is particularly important when veneers are placed for cosmetic, rather than health, reasons. Dental veneers can improve color and shape of teeth, and also correct minor problems in alignment. 

How Durable are Veneers?

According to a recent systematic review of 13 studies (Morimoto S,, 2016), the estimated survival rate of veneers at a median follow-up period of 9 years, was 89%.  The complications noted were debonding (2%), fracture or chipping (4%), secondary caries (decay) (1%), root canal problems (2%), and discoloration at the edges (2%).

Designing and placing porcelain veneers requires a high degree of technical skill and attention to detail – skills that rely upon the extensive training of prosthodontists. 

Will dental veneers look like normal teeth?

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.