By Catherine M. Fascilla, D.D.S.

Your smile is the key to the professional, polished image that will reflect who you are. Years ago, if our teeth were less than ideal in color or shape, there wasn't much we could do without undergoing major dental treatment. Fortunately this is no longer the case. Thanks to the latest advances in dental technology, we are able to offer conservative treatment options for cosmetically improving your smile. One technique is called porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers.

Porcelain laminates are strong tooth shaped shells or facings that are bonded to the front of the tooth. They are about as thick as a false fingernail. A well- known brand of ultra-thin veneers are Lumineers. If you have gaps between your teeth, or if your teeth have been stained by antibiotics such as tetracycline or if they are merely discolored from coffee, tea and aging, you may want to consider porcelain laminates.

Porcelain laminates are usually completed in two dental visits with very little drilling to prepare the teeth to receive the facing. The laminates are the ideal way to restore chipped, cracked, uneven and discolored teeth because they are more durable and wear resistant than cosmetic bonding, and will maintain their smooth, color- perfect surface for years. If you have a cosmetic dental problem, speak to your dentist to see if porcelain laminates are right for you.

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