Porcelain Veneers And You

Porcelain_VeneersYou may have heard that porcelain veneers are a cost-effective, less-invasive way to create an improved smile. You may even have friends who have gotten porcelain veneers. But how can you know if this type of dental restoration is right for you? Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before proceeding with the decision to get porcelain veneers placed on your teeth.

Questions to ask before getting porcelain veneers

  1. Is my mouth generally healthy? A good candidate for porcelain veneers has a mouth that is free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease and teeth that are not in need of a root canal to save them. If any of these conditions exist, they can be treated and then porcelain veneers can become a possibility.
  2. Are the dental flaws I want to correct relatively minor? Veneers are excellent for correcting minor cases of tooth rotation, covering small chips or cracks in a tooth, or fixing stained teeth that have been unresponsive to traditional teeth whitening treatment. More significant problems will probably require a different treatment.
  3. Can I articulate my smile makeover goals? Porcelain veneers are not a one-size-fits-all treatment – each set is customized to bring out the smile design goals of its owner. You should be able to tell your dentist what color/brightness shade you’d like your veneers to be, specific ways you’d like the veneers to improve your appearance, etc. You and your dentist will work together to ensure these makeover goals are met.
  4. Can I care for my porcelain veneers properly? Once they are placed, veneers require a commitment to continuing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Patients with bruxism, or teeth grinding issues, need to talk to their dentist about having a mouthguard made, as nighttime teeth clenching and grinding can shatter the fragile porcelain used to make veneers. It’s also important to return for your follow-up visit after your veneers are placed – this is a crucial time for the dentist to adjust the shade or placement of your veneers.

“Porcelain veneers are a perfect solution for many people with smile enhancement goals,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Your dentist can advise you if veneers can provide the right results for you.”





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