Porcelain veneers are the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment available. These thin shells of porcelain cover the front-facing portion of the teeth to mask flaws and improve appearance. What’s more, the entire porcelain veneers treatment process can be completed within a span of two weeks. Considering the many advantages of porcelain veneers, it is no surprise that this treatment option is growing in popularity among patients. But how do patients know if they are good candidates for porcelain veneers? In this blog post, Palmyra dentist Toni Sartini explains the types of dental flaws that porcelain veneers can treat.
Tooth stains are common in patients. Despite a good oral health care routine, patients can still develop tooth discoloration as a result of the foods and drinks that they consume, as well as lifestyle habits such as smoking. In addition, some patients have tooth stains due to the use of certain medications, overexposure to fluoride, or as the result of a dead tooth; these types of inner tooth discolorations do not respond to tooth whitening treatments, which are designed to erase stains that affect the outer surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers, however, can hide tooth stains that affect the outer and inner structures of the teeth. With the placement of a veneer, the tooth can be made to appear bright white.
Minor Misalignment Issues
Patients with minor tooth alignment issues may not want to undergo the lengthy orthodontic treatment process to shift the teeth into their proper position. In these cases, porcelain veneers can be used to make the teeth appear straight and uniform. The dentist will begin by removing some of the tooth structure so that a veneer can be placed over the façade of the tooth; the removal of some tooth enamel allows the veneer to sit flush with surrounding teeth and veneers. But patients should keep in mind that veneers can only correct minor alignment issues. Those with significant crowding or bite issues typically require orthodontic treatment.
Gaps Between Teeth
Gaps between the teeth can make some patients feel self conscious about the appearance of the smile. For these patients, veneers can be made to fill in the space between the teeth. Veneers can be designed and crafted to be slightly wider than the patient’s natural teeth. When the veneers are placed on the teeth, they effectively close the gap.
The Size or Shape of Teeth
Some patients have a tooth that does not appear proportionately sized when compared to surrounding teeth. For example, the lateral incisors may look too narrow or short in comparison to the two front teeth. To improve uniformity and proportion, veneers can be crafted to augment the affected teeth.
In other cases, patients may feel that the teeth are too short. Rather than undergoing a crown lengthening procedure, which involves the adjustment of gum and bone tissue to expose more of the tooth, patients can have porcelain veneers placed. The veneers can be fabricated to extend the length and/or width of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers can correct multiple aesthetic issues with just one treatment process. To learn more about veneers, and to find out if you are a good candidate for veneers, contact SmileArtistry2000.