How Porcelain Veneers Can Treat Tooth Discoloration

By Maryam Motlagh D.M.D on September 13, 2016

Julia - An actual cosmetic dentistry patientThe people of Portland know that they can come to Aesthetic Smiles for the latest in dental care treatment. We offer a wide array of smile makeover options that can deal with chips, cracks, gaps, stains, and more.

When it comes to addressing multiple issues with smile aesthetics, porcelain veneers are one of the most effective and versatile solutions. Let's take a moment to explore how porcelain veneers ca be used to treat tooth discoloration and dental stains.

Sometimes Teeth Whitening Isn't Enough

While teeth whitening is a great option for many kinds of tooth discoloration and stains, it sometimes isn't the best option. Major stains may be too extreme for dental bleaching, even with multiple sessions planned. The nature of the stain can also lead to teeth whitening challenges. Stains that are caused by fluoride or tetracycline, for instance, simply do not respond to bleaching gel since the discoloration is intrinsic rather than on the surface of a tooth.

In these cases, the best option for improving the look of a smile is the use of porcelain veneers.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to mask cosmetic imperfections of a smile. Porcelain veneers are ideal for treating chips, cracks, gaps, spacing issues, size issues, and tooth discoloration.

With porcelain veneers in place, you can smile with absolute confidence again.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

Porcelain veneers are placed directly onto the front of an affected tooth. The veneers are thin and fit snugly. Thanks to their composition, they are incredibly hard to detect, whether in natural light or artificial light.

Once the porcelain veneers are in place, patients are able to bite, chew, and speak just as they would normally. Porcelain veneers look great and are durable, too.

How Effective Are Porcelain Veneers?

Rather than explain it ourselves, here's one of our patients who's benefited from porcelain veneers explaining the treatment in her own words.

"I had an enamel defect that was most likely caused by too much Fluoride. Dr. Motlagh restored my smile with a set of conservative porcelain veneers in 2010 and have not stopped smiling since. I liked the fact that there were no surprises and I got to test drive my new smile with temporary veneers that resembled my final ones. Once I approved the temporary veneers, the final glass restorations were made in the lab. I love my smile and I wish I had not waited so long to perfect it."

Before and After Photos: Porcelain Veneers Results

Here is what porcelain veneers were able to do for Julia. Let's look at a photo of her smile before undergoing treatment first.


Before Porcelain Veneers Photo

As you can see, the fluoride issues had a substantial impact on Julia's smile, causing uneven coloration throughout her smile. This kind of intrinsic tooth discoloration can only be addressed through the use of porcelain veneers.


After Porcelain Veneers Photo

The results truly are astounding. It's night and day. Not only did the porcelain veneers mask the tooth discoloration, they also addressed minor issues with tooth misalignment and asymmetry. Julia experienced a total smile makeover.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

The best way to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you is to stop by the practice for a consultation. We will be more than happy to discuss these matters with you in greater detail and create a custom treatment plan just for you.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

For more information about treating tooth discoloration with porcelain veneers and your many other options for enhancing your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Aesthetic Smiles looks forward to your visit and discussing all treatments with you in greater detail.

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