Should You Consider Veneers?

VeneersWhen you are considering a makeover for your smile, either for aesthetic or health reasons, porcelain veneers may be one of the options you consider. These dental restorations, which consist of medical-grade porcelain “shells” that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures performed in the United States.

But veneers are not for everyone – certain conditions need to be present in order for them to be successful. Here are several situations that could indicate that veneers could be a good choice to fulfill your cosmetic dental needs.

  1. You need an affordable, permanent solution to resolve shape or appearance issues with your teeth. Veneers can fix chips or cracks in teeth, as well as minor discoloration and alignment problems. They are more affordable than the replacement of the tooth through installing a dental implant. However, you must be sure this is the right treatment for you: when your dentist gets ready to apply your veneer, he or she will remove a thin layer of your tooth’s enamel, and that layer cannot be replaced, except with another veneer.
  2. Your mouth is basically healthy. Patients with active tooth decay or gum disease are not strong candidates for veneers. This deferral is usually temporary; once those conditions are resolved, a patient can usually receive veneers.
  3. You’ve been thinking about combining cosmetic dental procedures for a total smile makeover. Veneers can be paired with a variety of other appearance-enhancing procedures, such as teeth whitening, crowns, or dental implants. They are a cost-effective way to permanently upgrade the appearance of teeth that are otherwise in good shape.
  4. You’re willing to keep up your oral health habits for the lifespan of your veneers. With good daily brushing and flossing habits, plus regular checkups at your dentist, your veneer can last as long as 15 years. Veneers can be replaced several times if enough enamel remains on your teeth to attach the new veneer; otherwise, other restoration options, such as an implant, may need to be explored. 

“Veneers are one tool for maximizing the beauty of your smile,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix. “Consult with your dentist to see if they are the right restoration for your individual needs.”

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