Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to transform your smile. If you consider cosmetic dentistry for nearly any reason, you should consider porcelain veneers. They are very popular among people looking for the best way to improve the appearance of their smile because of the many benefits they offer.

Porcelain veneer samples next to a woman's existing smile

A Dramatic Transformation or a Subtle Tweak

One of the most important benefits of porcelain veneers is that you can decide just how much you want to improve your smile. If you have just one tooth you’re unhappy with, we can repair it with a porcelain veneer that will blend in with the rest of your teeth. It will be imperceptible.

Or, if you’re looking to get a new smile, porcelain veneers can make your teeth longer, straighter, and brighter, the kind of smile that will definitely be noticed (though likely no one will suspect veneers).

Natural Appearance

Porcelain veneers can look so much like natural teeth that most people wouldn’t be able to pick out the veneer from natural teeth.

Advanced ceramics have the same luster as tooth enamel, and they can be as translucent as enamel, too. They can be crafted with a natural shape, customized to match other teeth in your mouth, and sized to fit your natural smile and facial proportions. The days of overlarge, fake smiles are gone.


Many people hear the word porcelain and imagine that veneers will be fragile. But it’s not true. Porcelain veneers are made from advanced dental ceramics, called “porcelain,” primarily because of their color. These ceramics are so strong that they can be used in advanced applications such as bulletproof vests and tank armor. This is not to say that your veneers can stop a bullet, but they are anything but fragile.

In general, about 95% of porcelain veneers last ten years or more without getting chipped or cracked. And they are highly stain resistant, capable of shedding discoloring foods and beverages for decades if properly cared for.

Faster Than Orthodontics

When used to straighten your teeth, porcelain veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they take only one month or so to complete, compared to a year or more for traditional orthodontics. That’s because veneers straighten teeth differently than orthodontics. With orthodontics, you move the tooth roots, which requires the body to reshape the bone around your teeth—a slow process. With veneers, you reshape the teeth so they are straight without moving your tooth roots.

Unlike traditional orthodontics, you don’t need to wear a retainer after treatment is complete.

Brighter Than Whitening

Many people try teeth whitening and are disappointed with the results. If you have naturally dull or thin enamel, enamel defects, or teeth discolored from within, teeth whitening will not get you the results you want.

Porcelain veneers can make your smile as white as you want it to be. You can make your teeth even whiter than natural tooth enamel is capable of. Of course, you have to consider that this might be too much whitening if you’re trying to make your smile look natural or achieve subtle changes, but it’s up to you.

Porcelain veneers also give much longer-lasting whitening than you can achieve with teeth whitening. With teeth whitening, your results will only last a few months if you’re not constantly maintaining them. However, with porcelain veneers, your bright smile will last as long as the veneers, which can easily be a decade or more with proper care. The glazing on your porcelain veneers makes them highly stain resistant. They will resist stains for decades as long as they don’t get scratched.

One Procedure to a New Smile

Perhaps the best thing about porcelain veneers is that they take just one procedure to fulfill all your dreams about your new smile. With veneers, you may be able to correct all of the following common cosmetic complaints people have about their smile:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn teeth

The whitening, the straightening, the reshaping: all achieved at once so that in less than a month, you can have your brilliant new smile.

Easy Maintenance

Many people worry that they will have to be extra careful with their teeth if they get porcelain veneers. Don’t worry: porcelain veneers are easy to care for. Essentially, you don’t have to treat them any differently than normal teeth.

Modern porcelain veneers are strong: you can use them to eat all the foods you enjoy with natural teeth. Of course, you shouldn’t use your veneers as tools (like an ice-breaker, bottle opener, or scissors), but you shouldn’t do that with natural teeth, either.

You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day to make sure your veneered teeth stay healthy–just as you should without veneers. Keep up regular dental visits, too. You don’t have to use special toothpaste with your veneers, but you should avoid high-abrasive toothpaste. Of course, you should already be avoiding high-abrasive toothpaste, as it can damage your natural teeth just as it damages veneers.

A New Smile Is Waiting in River Edge, New Jersey

Have these benefits convinced you that porcelain veneers are the right way to get the smile of your dreams? If so, then our cosmetic dentists are ready to help you design the perfect smile for you.

If you are ready to make your dream smile a reality, please call (201) 343-4044 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at River Edge Dental today.