Dr. Firas Osman combines methods like veneers with the latest computer technology to give you a completely personalized Smile Makeover. He uses the Digital Smile Design technology that simulates how your teeth can be corrected to enhance your features. Your teeth aren’t just “fixed” but designed to flatter your whole appearance. Dr. Firas Osman will show you the pictures so you know exactly what to expect and can ask questions or share concerns before any dental work begins.
Veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers) are used in cosmetic dentistry to hide imperfections. They are wafer-thin shells that are directly bonded on the front of the teeth to enhance their shape, length, and color.
Veneers are often used to correct worn down, chipped or discolored teeth. They can also close very small gaps, though more severe alignment issues should be corrected with orthodontics.
Veneers are usually made of materials that mimic the color of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are considered more natural since they reflect light the same way and are able to resist stains. Resins are thinner. Each material has its pros and cons, which your dentist will discuss as he looks at your particular case.
Unlike crowns, veneers only cover part of the teeth. They do not have the added benefits of acting like a shield or cap. They are best for people who want the aesthetic benefits of a “smile makeover” and don’t need extra protection or reinforcement for a damaged tooth.
High quality veneers can last up to 10 years with proper care. They can crack under excessive pressure (such as habits like biting on a pencil, grinding teeth, or clenching the jaw).
To preserve the veneer’s color, minimize drinks like coffee, tea and wine, or ask your dentist about special stain-resistant materials.