Your smile is often your first impression, so you want to make sure it looks its best. If there are issues with your teeth that make you feel self-conscious, it may make you hide your smile. This can affect your relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry is more effective and accessible than ever before. Porcelain veneers are one type of cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve how your smile looks. These are thin, yet incredibly durable, porcelain shells that are placed on the front side of your teeth.
Here are some situations when you may want to consider porcelain veneers:
Discolored or Stained Teeth
If you want a brighter smile, teeth whitening is often a great option. However, this may not work for you if your teeth are severely discolored or stained. Porcelain veneers can cover this and whiten your smile. Our cosmetic dentist will work with you to find a shade the looks natural and that you are happy with.
Veneers can improve your smile if you have mildly crooked teeth. They can be placed over any teeth that are too close together to create a more uniform appearance. However, this cosmetic dental treatment is not generally suited for patients with severe crowding or misalignment. In these cases, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign clear aligners may be necessary.
Gaps Between Teeth
Do you have a gap between one or more pairs of teeth? If so, veneers can cover the gap and improve the way your smile looks. If there are only two teeth that need correction, we can use porcelain veneers for this area of your smile and will make sure to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. We can also cover a gap as part of a full smile makeover.
Short or Small Teeth
Wear and tear can shorten your teeth over time, or you may have one tooth that is noticeably smaller than those around it. In both of these cases, porcelain veneers can add length and create a more consistent, beautiful smile.
Cracks or Chips
Surface-level imperfections on your teeth can easily be covered by veneers. Whether you have a chipped tooth, a small crack in the enamel, or another issue, we can discuss whether veneers are the best option. Other types of dental care may be more appropriate in the case of significant damage. For example, we may suggest a dental crown.
The Process of Getting Veneers
If you think porcelain veneers could be a good fit for you, the first step is a consultation at our dental office. We will examine your teeth, discuss your cosmetic goals, and develop a treatment plan. If this includes veneers, we will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. We will preserve as much tooth structure as possible during this process and will fit you with temporary veneers to wear while you wait for the permanent set. Once the final porcelain veneers are ready, you will return to our office for placement. We will make sure you love your new smile and then will provide you with care instructions to help ensure that your veneers last as long as possible.