James Maroney DDS, MS, PC
Tooth Veneers

Tooth Veneers

Tooth veneers, also called “porcelain laminate veneers” or “dental veneers,” are little shells of ceramic material that can be cemented onto a natural tooth. They can be used to restore the ideal shape and color of your natural teeth, when chipping, staining, or misalignments have negatively influenced the appearance of your smile.

A dental veneer is different than a dental crown, in that a veneer only covers the front surface of each tooth and it is held in place with adhesive cement; whereas a crown covers the entire tooth and is held in place by both the cement and way the dentist shapes the tooth, prior to placing the crown.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers work best when there is enough enamel remaining on the tooth for a strong bond, and when damage is not severe. In cases of severely damaged, worn, or cracked teeth, it is often preferable to use a crown instead. When properly used, tooth veneers can give you a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned and straight teeth. There are several different types of ceramics that can be used to fabricate veneers, and a huge variety of techniques for attaining the optimal outcome.

A prosthodontist is specifically trained to understand the nuances of veneer design and fabrication from both the clinical and the laboratory perspective. We also spend a significant portion of our three year residency learning the art and science of improving the look of your smile, which many people call dental aesthetics or dental cosmetics.

Like other dental restorations (crown, bridge, implant, etc.), dental veneers must be properly cleaned and maintained after placement. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as yearly check-ups, are the best way to ensure that your veneers stay beautiful for years to come.

To learn more about dental veneers, or to make an appointment with your Littleton Prosthodontist, please contact us at 303-773-8752.