Using porcelain veneers for smile enhancement

Portrait of serene mature woman in gardenDr. Steven E. Holbrook is a dentist of the Albuquerque, NM area who is here to help patients with comprehensive dental care in his office. Patients who are seeking cosmetic work can also rely on his for solutions to improve the appearance of the smile. This includes the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers.

Understanding porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of many cosmetic solutions available for patients in and around the community. They are best used on the teeth near the front of the smile. The veneer itself is a very thin piece of ceramic. It is custom-made to match the patient’s remaining teeth and bonded over a tooth that needs a cosmetic enhancement.

What are porcelain veneers used for?

There are several situations when a patient might consider the placement of a porcelain veneer. They are used to cover:

  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped/cracked/broken teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Misaligned/crooked teeth

How do I prepare for a porcelain veneer?

First, patients will need to work with their dentist to determine if they are a good candidate for the porcelain veneer. This requires an evaluation with our team to determine if the smile is in good health and the condition the patient wants to addressed can be improved with a porcelain veneer. Preparations of the tooth are required, during which the dentist will remove a thin portion of natural tooth enamel from the front portion of the tooth and files it down so it is roughened. This helps the new veneer adhere properly. Impressions are completed and sent to a dental laboratory to create the final restoration that is bonded in place once it returns to the office.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Many patients love porcelain veneers other alternative treatments such as dental bonding as veneers can last several years with proper care and attention.

Learn more about porcelain veneers

Albuquerque, NM area patients who are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and want to find out if they are a good candidate can book a consultation with our dentist with over three decades of experience in patient care! Call (505) 881-1159 to request an appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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