Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
There are treatments available for all manner of cosmetic dentistry issues. Serious problems, like broken teeth, are going to require the use of dental crowns or perhaps implants. However, if you have only moderate imperfections, you can get much the same effect as you would with crowns from porcelain veneers. They are thin shells that are cemented permanently to your teeth, and they can give you a much improved appearance. Assuming that your dental health is good, you could be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers will resist staining, look just like natural teeth, and last a long time. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, chips or wear, gapping or crowding, you could be a candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers cannot, however, be used to correct a bad bite. In fact, if you have a bad bite, veneers will not adhere properly to your teeth, and in that case, you will not be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
Assuming, though, that you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, you will enjoy having a beautiful smile that, if you take care of it, could last a very long time – perhaps even the rest of your life. The key is to look after your teeth in the same fashion you always have – brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Although porcelain veneers are not vulnerable to decay, the underlying tooth structure still is. You could also develop gum disease, and if that is left untreated, your veneers could be damaged.
Porcelain veneers are also very easy to install – it simply requires scraping a bit of enamel off the surface of your teeth, then taking impressions, and sending those impressions to a lab where your veneers will be made. Once they are finished, your dentist will make sure the color is right, do a bit more preparation, cement them in place, and you will have the smile you always wanted.
Your dentist can advise you as to whether you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, and can also recommend other cosmetic treatments that could improve your smile.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, and wondering if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneer, contact Thomas J. Pray, DDS. You can reach Dr. Pray by phoning 518-885-8321, and you can also book an appointment using the convenient form on our Contact Us page.