If you aren’t exactly thrilled with the look of your smile, then porcelain veneers are an effective and simple solution to enhance its beauty. The use of porcelain false fronts can help to hide several defects that may be hurting the look of your smile. While this is a safe and straightforward procedure, it can effectively hide discoloration, cracks, and chips. In some cases, it can even help fix small alignment issues.
However, while porcelain veneers are an effective option, they can’t be used for treating all types of cosmetic flaws. If you are thinking about this treatment option, make sure to be fully informed, first.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin, false front that is bonded to the front side of teeth. Unlike other types of veneers, porcelain is much lighter and thinner, which means less of the tooth must be removed during the bonding process. This allows you to maintain a larger amount of the tooth’s natural structure all while hiding the defects that may hurt your smile. When just a small amount of the enamel is removed through the etching prep step, there is still enough texture to securely bond the veneers to your tooth and hide the flaws present. In just a single visit, your smile can be restored and improved.
Who is a Candidate for Veneers?
While porcelain veneers are a great option for correcting several cosmetic defects, they are not a solution for major issues. You will need to let your dentist provide a full evaluation to ensure this is the right treatment option for you. In most cases, you are a good candidate for veneers if you suffer from:
- Tooth discoloration: Easily hide discoloration that teeth whitening can’t repair.
- Cracked or misshaped teeth: Veneers provide a more shapely appearance and hide cracks and chips.
- Minor issues with alignment: In some situations, veneers are used to help make the teeth look straighter.
- Great oral health: To undergo this procedure you need good oral health. If you suffer from any problems, they need to be fixed before having veneers placed.
- Sufficient tooth enamel: Veneers attach to the enamel, which means some has to be removed before the bonding process.
- No bruxism: If you clench or grind your teeth, veneers are not a good solution because this can cause chips or cracks in the porcelain.
If you are interested in all the benefits offered by porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. They can evaluate your needs and determine whether or not this is the right option for you.