Is there some aspect of your smile you would like to change? Perhaps a tooth is oddly shaped, misaligned, or just the wrong shade of white. In any of these cases and many more, porcelain veneers may be an excellent solution. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin coverings that are personalized to the individual smile and bonded to the tooth to be corrected. The veneer looks like a natural tooth and improves smile aesthetics by hiding the cosmetic flaws that the patient wants to change. Veneers are simple, effective, and affordable, but not every patient is necessarily an ideal candidate.
What Are Porcelain Veneers and How Do They Work?
Porcelain veneers are made from porcelain as opposed to composite resin, which is also an option. Porcelain is the most popular choice. While more expensive, porcelain is more durable, so the cost difference tends to even over time. In addition, most dentists agree that porcelain provides a more natural appearance. The veneer itself is a shell that has been custom-made to match and enhance a particular smile. Veneers are wafer-thin so that most if not all of a tooth’s natural structure can remain intact. Your dentist will permanently bond the veneer to your tooth using an adhesive resin, which can last up to 25 years.
Which Cosmetic Flaws Can Porcelain Veneers Correct?
Your dentist can use porcelain veneers to hide a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including dental damage, and many people opt for veneers to disguise chipped and cracked teeth. Veneers can also cover natural defects, such as a tooth that formed with an unusual size or shape. Dentists often recommend a veneer after teeth whitening has been unsuccessful in treating a discolored tooth. You can also opt for veneers as an alternative to orthodontic treatments to fix gaps, minor overcrowding, crookedness, and so forth.
Why Should You Choose a Porcelain Veneer?
There are many advantages to choosing porcelain veneers for your smile makeover:
- For patients with healthy teeth, porcelain veneers are an effective alternative to dental crowns and other dental procedures that can be more expensive and more involved.
- Porcelain veneers are available in many shades of white, ranging from translucent to opaque. A talented cosmetic dentist can help you choose the most natural color for your particular smile.
- The porcelain material used to make veneers has texture, translucence, reflectivity, and other characteristics similar to tooth enamel. This is what allows them to look so natural.
- Porcelain is highly resistant to stains. That means that even if you drink a lot of coffee and red wine, you will not have to worry about your veneers becoming discolored over time.
Are Porcelain Veneers a Good Fit for You?
Most patients who are dealing with minor cosmetic flaws but have otherwise healthy teeth and gums are excellent candidates. However, you need to undergo a thorough exam to make sure. During your consultation, your cosmetic dentist will assess your oral health, ask you about the flaws you want to correct, explore your options with you, and make recommendations based on his or her expertise. If you have oral health issues, your dentist may need to contend with those first, and bruxism, large fillings, serious tooth decay, and other conditions can make you an unsuitable candidate.
Correct Your Smile Imperfections
Do you have aspects of your smile that you would like to change? Jeffrey D. Clark, DDS, is a talented cosmetic dentist who can help you assess your smile and choose the porcelain veneers or other ideal cosmetic options to achieve a perfect makeover. Schedule your smile consultation at Scottsdale Dental Excellence today. Call us at 480 585 1853.