If you’re unhappy with your smile, whether you have stained, crooked, chipped, or damaged teeth, you may wonder if porcelain veneers can help. These are thin coverings placed over the front of your teeth designed to look just like your natural teeth. Made of porcelain, veneers are used in a variety of circumstances to correct any number of dental issues, and can even conceal uneven spaces between your teeth.

Porcelain veneers fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella, along with other procedures such as teeth whitening, dentures, clear braces, and more. See your cosmetic dentist in Berkeley to learn more about whether you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

What to Know About Veneers

Dental veneers can be made of either porcelain or resin-composite materials. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be talking about porcelain veneers, which are the most popular. These tooth-colored shells are permanently bonded to your teeth and can fix anything from smaller-than-average teeth to chipped or discolored teeth.

Some people just get one veneer to cover a chipped tooth after an accident, while others may get up to eight veneers to achieve an even, symmetrical smile. Porcelain veneers are customizable and versatile, and can last up to 15 years with good care. Best part is, they are minimally invasive compared with other treatments such as crowns.

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

There are many benefits associated with porcelain veneers in Berkeley. Here are the top reasons why porcelain veneers may be right for you:

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Custom Look

Whether you’re going for a subtle tweak or a dramatic transformation, you’re in control of just how much you want to change your smile. You may be unhappy with just one tooth or you may want all your front teeth to be addressed. Either way, porcelain veneers can be matched to blend in with your existing teeth, with an imperceptible difference.

More Natural Appearance

Porcelain veneers look just like your natural teeth, which means that most people won’t know the difference unless you tell them. Due to advanced ceramics, your veneers can feature the same luster as natural tooth enamel, crafted into a natural shape and customized to fit your facial proportions.

Long-Lasting Solution

You may think porcelain veneers are fragile, but today’s ceramics are extremely durable and strong. You can expect your veneers to last up to 15 years, as they are highly resistant to stains, chips, and discoloration.

Faster Alternative to Orthodontics

Porcelain veneers can also be used to straighten teeth in some circumstances, and they are often dubbed “instant orthodontics.” That’s because they only take about a month to work, compared with a year and a half for traditional braces. Veneers straighten teeth in a different manner than orthodontics. The tooth roots are moved with orthodontics, leading to a reshaping of the bone around your teeth. Veneers can straighten teeth without moving the roots.

Brighter Smile Than Whitening

If you’ve tried teeth whitening in the past and have been disappointed with the results, try porcelain veneers instead for an instant whitening effect. This alternative is good for those with naturally dull or thin enamel, teeth discoloration from within, and enamel defects – all afflictions that simple teeth whitening cannot fix.

With porcelain veneers, you can choose exactly how white you want to make your smile – even more so than natural tooth enamel would be capable of. Traditional teeth whitening only lasts a few months if you don’t maintain it, but with porcelain veneers, your white smile lasts for a decade or more with the right care, thanks to the special glazing that is applied.


It just takes one visit to apply porcelain veneers, so you can walk out of the office with the smile you’ve always wanted. You can use porcelain veneers to correct these common cosmetic complaints:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Poorly-shaped teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Worn teeth

Boost in Confidence

Perhaps best of all, porcelain veneers can improve your self-esteem so you can finally smile with confidence. For so long, you may have been hiding your teeth in photos. Well, you don’t have to worry about hiding any longer! Porcelain veneers can give you the dream smile you’ve always wanted.

Get a Smile Makeover With Porcelain Veneers at Ashby Dental in Elmwood

Curious to know more about porcelain veneers and if you’re a good candidate? Book a consultation at our location at 2507 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley, CA. We will develop a custom treatment plan tailored to your goals, as every patient is different. To get started, we can be reached at (510) 549-0133 and our hours are Mon – Thu 8am to 4pm and Fridays 8am to 1pm. Rely on our experts to restore your smile!