Cosmetic dentistry comes in all shapes and sizes, and smile makeovers are customized to suit each individual. Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic solution, and it’s because they are versatile and suitable as a solution for multiple smile problems. Porcelain veneers can make your teeth straighter, whiter, and more even. They can correct many different problems and simply make you look more attractive. Here are some of the things that cosmetic dentists consider when determining whether you’re an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers.
Your teeth and gums are healthy.
Without a good foundation to build upon, there is no way to get the kind of long-lasting cosmetic dentistry you want and deserve. Any level of gum disease or decay must first be addressed before it’s possible to determine if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Cosmetic dentists will not place porcelain veneers on unhealthy teeth, which means you must also have strong tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are adhered to the enamel on the surface of your tooth and there must be something there for the veneers to bond to.
Your smile has several cosmetic issues.
Perhaps your teeth are stained, in which case professional tooth whitening is a simple solution. But maybe your teeth are also a bit crooked, in which case Invisalign could help. Wouldn’t it be easier, however, to get an all-in-one solution for the discolored and misaligned teeth? Porcelain veneers can fix both problems, as well as issues like gaps between teeth, unevenly sized teeth, and chipped teeth. It’s an amazing and natural-looking smile makeover in one cosmetic dentistry treatment.
You don’t grind your teeth.
If you severely clench or grind your teeth, porcelain veneers may not be an option for you. Veneers are very strong, but they can still be damaged by the pressure that’s exerted by bruxism, just like regular teeth. It may be necessary to wear a night guard to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching. A guard can also be worn if you have veneers.
Ultimately, your cosmetic dentist needs to evaluate you in person to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. They need to look at the position of your teeth, your bite, and the overall health of your mouth. From there, they can recommend the best kind of cosmetic or restorative dentistry for your needs. In many cases, porcelain veneers will be the answer. In other cases, Cerinate Lumineers might be just the ticket. Contact Dr. Ken Cirka at Philadelphia Dentistry to discuss the possibility of getting porcelain veneers.