Veneers: Are They Right For You?
If you are ready to take the next step in significantly improving your smile, porcelain veneers are an excellent option to consider. These custom-made, thin porcelain shells directly attach to your existing tooth surface to hide imperfections such as chips, cracks, stains and minor gaps in your smile as well teeth that are misshapen or slightly misaligned.
Porcelain veneers are a leading choice in cosmetic dentistry for those that want an instant smile makeover. However, before you convince yourself that veneers are your ticket to a more confident smile, there are important factors to consider. While veneers help a large number of patients, not everyone is a candidate for this cosmetic procedure.
Porcelain veneers are designed to correct aesthetic problems, and they cannot be used to restore damaged or weak teeth. Veneers are extremely thin, about the thickness of your fingernail, so they are not equipped to be a substitute for a dental implant or crown.
Veneers are typically not the best option for patients who have the following dental concerns:
• Severely misaligned bite
• Teeth grinding habit (bruxism)
• Inadequate tooth enamel
• Tooth decay
If you are unhappy with your smile, yet you have the above complications that inhibit your chance for successful veneer placement, there are still many other options in cosmetic dentistry to address your concerns. Getting veneers is a permanent procedure, so make sure you fully discuss your options with your cosmetic dentist first. Gilreath Dental Associates has a full range of cosmetic dental services to meet your needs, goals and preferences. From minimally invasive teeth whitening to a full set of veneers, we can help you smile with confidence.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates