If you are unhappy with the shape or the color of your teeth, porcelain veneers can often provide an effective solution. Whether you want to enhance the appearance of one tooth or many teeth, porcelain veneers can give you a beautiful, renewed smile with results that can last for decades. In addition, this conservative dental treatment can preserve much of your original tooth structure while addressing aesthetic concerns such as chips, gaps, cracks, misalignment, or discolored teeth. With so many benefits, our patients frequently ask if they are good candidates for this advanced cosmetic dentistry treatment.
While most people with healthy teeth are good candidates for porcelain veneers, there are a number of conditions that can compromise a patient’s candidacy. People who frequently clench or grind their teeth may not be best-suited for this treatment, as these actions put undue force on the veneer, which can cause fracturing. These patients may be better suited for a porcelain crown to address their concerns. If your tooth is affected by major functional problems that may require a substantial restoration, or if the structure of the tooth is significantly compromised, you may also benefit from a crown’s ability to strengthen and reinforce the tooth. Finally young children under the age of 16 or children who are engaged in contact sports, such as football or wrestling, should probably wait until they are older to prevent trauma to the veneer.
That being said, many people are indeed candidates for porcelain veneers, and the best way to find out if this is an ideal procedure for your needs is to schedule an oral exam here at our practice. If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.