Porcelain veneers are thin sheet shells that are custom-made, to be glued to the front of the teeth to make their appearance more appealing. They come in various shapes and sizes of broken or crooked teeth. Porcelain dental veneers are also used to better the appearance of discolored teeth to make them appear whiter and brighter.



These are either made using porcelain or resin. Compared to resin, porcelain material is better at resisting stains. They are also better at reflecting light, just the way natural teeth do. Per Dr. Karanth, a Farmington Hills dentist, veneers can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, as they can be any shade of whiteness you’d like, and they strengthen your teeth though the bonding process.

What Problems can be Fixed Using Porcelain Dental Veneers:

They are commonly used to fix problems like:
  • Discolored teeth:
  • Many times, excessive consumption of beverages like tea, coffee, red wine or soda can discolor teeth at an early age; these look very unsightly and ugly. There are other reasons for discolored teeth such as the chemicals used in root canals can discolor your teeth as well.
  • To correct worn down or broken and chipped teeth. There are times when a hard fall can chip or break your teeth, and this treatment can correct those accidents in no time.
  • To correct misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth.
  • To close gaps between front teeth that may look peculiar.


How it is done:

Usually, you will need to visit the dentist three times to get the treatment done. On the first visit the dentist will do a consultation, the second is when the measurements are taken, and the third is to get them bonded on your teeth. Moreover, it doesn’t matter if you have one tooth to correct or many. They can be done simultaneously.

Consult, diagnosis and treatment plan: A consultation is the first step of getting porcelain dental veneers. In this initial trip, the dentist would observe and examine as well as diagnose. You will need to tell the dentist what exactly you need from this treatment. Without your active involvement, the dentist wouldn’t be able to do much. After your explanation, the doctor will take measurements, get an x-ray done and also explain you the process and the limitations it involves.

Preparation: This process is the most important as a ½ millimeter of enamel will be extracted from your tooth.

This is removed so that the same exact thickness of veneer can take its place. This process will need a local anesthetic, the doctor will explain it to you, and both of you can decide whether you want it or not. The next step is to take an impression; the impression is then sent to the laboratory. This impression aids to construct the veneer. It takes around two to four weeks to create a veneer.

Bonding: Make sure you really want this, because the veneer is bonded to your teeth permanently. But before it’s bonded permanently, the dentist will set it temporarily to check the color and fit. The veneer is taken out and trimmed repeatedly to get to the perfect size. The next step is to prepare your tooth for bonding. Cleaning, polishing, and etching is done to prepare the teeth for the veneer.

Etching is done to make the surface rough enough to make the bond stick strong and proper. Then a fraction of special cement is applied to the tooth, and the veneer is positioned perfectly on it. The dentist then shines a light beam that activates the cement chemical to cure quickly and dry fast. The work isn't done yet; the last part is to remove all the excess cement and clean the teeth. Then the dentist will check for any issues, observe the bite and make any adjustments that may be needed.

There might also be a follow-up in a week or two to check that the veneer is working fine.