Achieving a dramatic smile makeover is just one of the powers of porcelain veneers. Many popular TV and Movie stars have transformed their smiles with porcelain veneers and it helps them shine flawlessly on the red carpet. These thin shells of custom-crafted porcelain have many benefits as a cosmetic dentistry treatment and it’s important to understand what makes a good candidate for porcelain veneers and when an alternative cosmetic treatment might work better.
Good candidates for porcelain veneers
The only way to know for sure if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers is to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist. However, a majority of patients curious about porcelain veneers to improve their smile are good candidates for the procedure. Good candidates for porcelain veneers have a healthy mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease. Porcelain veneers conceal various aesthetic flaws in front teeth including:
- Inconsistent size, shape, or length
- Discoloration and/or staining
- Chips or cracks
- Small gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
For a dentist to fit you with porcelain veneers, you need to have realistic expectations of the procedure involved and understand that it’s not reversible. The procedure for porcelain veneers alters the shape of your teeth, which means they’ll always require porcelain veneers to look cosmetically appropriate. Prior to placement of veneers, the dentist removes enamel from your teeth surfaces and if a veneer wears out or comes off, your teeth won’t look or function as they should.
Achieving ideal results
With beautifully customized porcelain veneers, dentists have the ability to complement their patients’ surrounding natural teeth by matching the shape, color, size and texture. An experienced cosmetic dentist creates veneers that give their patients stunning smiles that appear healthy and natural without seeming artificial. Dentists carefully evaluate patients to ensure that porcelain veneers are a suitable option before they even begin treatment. When the patients follow up with good oral hygiene and regular exams, it helps porcelain veneers last for a decade or more in ideal conditions. For patients that don’t qualify for veneers, cosmetic dentists offer alternative options that can give patients the beautiful smile they’ve been looking for.
If you’re uncomfortable or embarrassed to smile, trust Dupont Dental to find a cosmetic treatment suitable for your needs. Along with porcelain veneers, we offer bonding, porcelain crowns, composite (tooth-colored) fillings, teeth whitening, and dental implants to improve and restore your healthy smile.