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Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

August 22, 2013 @ 08:24 PM — by rwdds

Candidates for Porcelain VeneersThere are many different options out there for people who would like to enhance the overall beauty of their smiles. By undergoing various cosmetic dentistry treatments, the teeth can be brightened, lightened, and enhanced in many important ways. One of the most versatile and popular options for smile enhancement treatment in recent years has been porcelain veneers. We'd like to look into some issues regarding candidacy for porcelain veneers right now.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are affixed to the front portions of a patient's teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers are able to conceal various kinds of dental imperfections. The porcelain veneers look completely natural when in place, blending in seamlessly with your actual teeth. Whether you're indoors or outdoors, under daylight, moonlight, or artificial light, no one will realize that you have porcelain veneers in place.

Why "instant orthodontics"?

You may have heard of porcelain veneers referred to as "instant orthodontics." While this does sound like some form of fast-acting braces rather than cosmetic care, the name makes sense. Porcelain veneers can achieve results that seem like orthodontic care in just a visit or two.

Dental Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Address

Porcelain veneers are ideal for addressing the following dental problems:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Tooth stains and discoloration
  • Tooth gaps
  • Minor tooth misalignment

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from the above aesthetic dental problems. They should be in generally good dental health and understand the risks and benefits of undergoing treatment. They should also understand the need for aftercare when they get porcelain veneers.

Poor Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Poor candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from dental problems that pose potential risks to overall dental wellness, such as major chips and cracks or serious tooth misalignment. Porcelain veneers are predominantly cosmetic in nature, and they should only be used in that manner.

Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers

If a patient is a poor candidate for porcelain veneers, there are plenty of treatments out there that they can consider. Dental bonding, for instance, may be more suitable for minor chips and cracks. More serious chips and cracks can be restored using inlays, onlays, or dental crowns.

As for tooth discoloration, sometimes the ideal option is teeth whitening treatment. By using safe bleaching gels, patients can really get great smiles that are their brightest and whitest.

When it comes to the issue of tooth misalignment and other forms of malocclusion, the best option to consider is traditional orthodontic care. This will be able to adjust the position of the teeth and enhance overall wellness in the process.

Making the Right Decision for Your Needs

During your consultation, we will be sure to go over all of your options for expert care. By considering all of these matters, we will help you make the best and most informed decision regarding your overall wellness.

Learn More About Advanced Smile Makeovers

For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you get the smile that you've always dreamed of, be sure to contact our Rockledge, PA dental care center. We all look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.