Once someone notices a permanent blemish on his or her teeth, it can result in continued frustration and embarrassment. These effects are of course amplified when multiple imperfections are present or when they are that much more obvious. Rather than let your smile get the best of you, why not make a permanent improvement to it? Porcelain veneers are one way in which our Huntington patients can hide their cosmetic flaws for good. If you’d like to enhance your teeth in a way that’s sure to instill self-confidence and leave a positive impression, consider whether you may be a good candidate for veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers utilize thin layers of porcelain that are crafted to look like the front of teeth. These layers are customized to your individual teeth and bonded to their front surface, thereby changing their outward appearance. Your teeth will continue to be healthy and strong, but their cosmetic flaws are conveniently hidden behind the porcelain.
To create veneers, each tooth to be covered is first prepared by having a small amount of enamel removed from the front. Impressions are then taken of teeth, from which the veneers will be created. Once ready, the veneers will be positioned carefully and permanently cemented in place. With the right technology and an experienced cosmetic dentist, your veneers can appear as real as any natural tooth.
Candidates for Veneers
Most patients who are looking to correct permanent cosmetic flaws are good candidates for porcelain veneers. Because there is no surgery involved and the procedure is minimally invasive, there are few risks that may preclude patients from having veneers installed. Generally, the deciding factor is not whether someone can have veneers, but whether the treatment is more beneficial than alternative cosmetic options.
Whether patients have a single imperfection on a tooth or require a more comprehensive smile makeover, veneers can be used to correct a variety of problems, including:
- Individual stains
- Widespread discoloration
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Undersized teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Eroded enamel
Before deciding on veneers, speak with your dentist about each of your treatment options. Dental bonding, teeth whitening, and orthodontics may be equally effective for some of these problems, although a patient’s specific needs and goals for treatment will determine which methods are most appropriate.
Negative Candidacy Factors
Although most people can have veneers installed with little problem, some factors may reduce the lifespan of veneers and possibly one’s initial candidacy. Before seeking treatment, learn the risks that may prohibit you from being an ideal candidate:
- Unhealthy teeth: Teeth that have decay or similar health problems should not undergo any cosmetic procedure, especially one that involves the attachment of a dental material such as porcelain. This is because any future restorative work on a tooth will result in the destruction of the veneer, requiring a replacement. Be sure to take care of any necessary dental work before receiving porcelain veneers.
- Bruxism: Habitual teeth grinding, called bruxism, poses a threat to the well-being of teeth and especially porcelain restorations. When patients grind their teeth at night, they are more likely to erode enamel and chip any porcelain veneers. If you believe you may suffer from bruxism, speak with your dentist about the possibility of wearing a night guard.
- Age: To receive veneers, a patient’s adult teeth must be completely grown in. This typically means that younger teenagers must wait a few years to ensure their teeth will not continue to grow after having veneers bonded to them.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
Because every patient’s teeth are different, it can be nearly impossible to assess one’s candidacy for veneers outside of a personal consultation. If you are considering making a lasting improvement to your smile, schedule an initial appointment with us to learn about our various cosmetic services.