What Are Porcelain Veneers?

The Invention of Porcelain Veneers

In 1928, silent movies were the rage. Because an actor’s expression told much of the story, there was a need to create different facial looks. To assist Hollywood, Dr. Charles Pincus, a popular California dentist, developed temporary porcelain veneers. Eventually, Hollywood’s biggest stars realized these same veneers could give them a perfect smile off camera too.

Over the years, various dentists improved the ability to bond the veneers to make them more permanent. Today, porcelain veneers are one of the most-requested cosmetic dentistry services. 

What Is A Porcelain Veneer?

A veneer is a thin piece of custom-shaped porcelain permanently bonded to the surface of a tooth. Veneers disguise a tooth’s shape, color, or position in your mouth. You can use them to cover cracked, chipped, or even broken teeth. 

Unlike crowns, veneers usually do not require the removal of much of the tooth. They generally last ten to fifteen years or more. They do not stain and are incredibly durable.

How Are They Made?

According to each patient’s unique face shape, skin tone, and desired appearance, Dr. Foote designs custom porcelain veneers. You’ll discuss what you would like to see changed in your smile and review photos to create a perfect smile plan. 

After your initial consultation, Dr. Foote will make impressions of your mouth, shape your teeth, and fit you with temporary veneers. The temporary ones help Dr. Foote further tailor the form and function of the final product. Finally, after a dental laboratory creates your custom veneers from natural-looking porcelain, Dr. Foote permanently places them. Your smile is beautiful, and your bite is comfortable.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?

The cost of veneers varies depending on the condition of your existing teeth and the amount of work needed. If you are interested in improving your smile, contact Dr. Foote to schedule a consultation.