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A great smile can make a person seem open, honest, and friendly. It gives us confidence and boosts our self-esteem. Not to mention, a smile that looks aesthetically beautiful can help us seem happier, more attractive, and more successful to those around us. Unfortunately, few of us are blessed with naturally “perfect” smiles.

In fact, teeth are one of the most commonly cited cosmetic changes that most people would like to make. Many people do everything they can to avoid showing their teeth – from smiling with a closed mouth in photographs to skipping social occasions where they may have to eat in public. People’s confidence and self-esteem may also suffer as a result of dissatisfaction with their smile.

Fortunately, there are many cosmetic dental solutions that can address anything from minor to serious aesthetic imperfections and help you achieve the smile that you have always dreamed of. Porcelain veneers are just one of the popular choices available to you.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment designed specifically to address imperfections with the enamel of your teeth. Although the purpose of tooth enamel is to protect the softer, inner layers of our teeth, enamel can become chipped and discolored over time. Porcelain veneers sit over the top of the outward-facing enamel, providing improved color and appearance. Veneers can also close small and unsightly gaps between the teeth, giving your smile a more uniform appearance.

How are porcelain veneers applied?

Porcelain veneers are custom-designed for each patient and supplied in a set of individually-crafted “shells” that are applied one at a time to the outer enamel of your teeth. However, before this can happen the underlying teeth must be prepared. This involves filing down some of the natural enamel on the outside of your teeth, so that the new veneer sits flush against them without looking too thick or otherwise indiscreet. The filing process is performed under local anesthetic, so you should not feel any pain. Once the filing is complete, each veneer can be applied and secured using special, permanent adhesive.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can offer patients a number of advantages. These include:

A whiter smile

Porcelain veneers can be created in a variety of shades, meaning that they can help you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. This also makes them a particularly popular option for patients who are not candidates for teeth whitening, or who have not been able to obtain a satisfactory result using this process.

Stain resistance

Porcelain is much less porous than natural enamel, meaning that your new veneers are considerably less likely to stain than regular teeth. This enables you to enjoy a more attractive and healthy-looking smile for even longer.

Hide smile imperfections without needing major dental work

Dental veneers are a minimally-invasive way of addressing major smile imperfections, improving the overall appearance of your teeth. There is no downtime, allowing you to start sharing new smile immediately after your procedure.


Despite their delicate appearance, porcelain veneers are extremely durable. With the right care and attention, they could last you a very long time, making them a great investment in the appearance of your smile.

If you are less than happy with the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers could be solution you are looking for. Our dedicated and professional team would be happy to discuss the process with you in more detail. Call Rippe Dental Associates in Centennial, CO today at 303-779-9876 to learn more about our porcelain veneers treatment.