Who is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?


woman smiling in a dental chairYour teeth are one of the most prominent features of your smile. When you smile, they are on display for everyone to see. If your teeth are affected by many types of imperfections, the quality of your smile suffers. These imperfections can also significantly impact the impressions that you make. Porcelain veneers are a common cosmetic solution for restoring teeth affected by minor flaws, greatly enhancing the quality of your smile. At Raptou Family Dental, we can help to determine if they are the right solution for you.

What are Porcelain Veneers?


Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment designed to eliminate the appearance of numerous minor dental flaws, improving their appearance and the overall quality of your smile. They are thin, shell-like restorations made from porcelain, which are bonded to the front surfaces of your affected teeth. Porcelain can be stained to match the exact color of your natural teeth, and it reflects light just like your enamel. Once in place, porcelain veneers completely transform the appearance of your smile and give you the confidence you need to show it off.

With porcelain veneers, we can treat many different types of cosmetic flaws. These flaws include:
•  Chips and cracks in your tooth enamel.
•  Minor alignment issues such as small gaps between teeth or slightly overlapping.
•  Teeth that are smaller than the rest or teeth that are oddly shaped.
•  Tooth discoloration that cannot be treated with whitening.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?


Porcelain veneers provide many significant benefits.
•  They look exactly like the rest of your natural teeth. Once in place, they blend in perfectly, and no one will be able to tell the difference between your restorations and the rest of your teeth.
•  Porcelain is biocompatible. The material will not irritate your gums.
•  Veneers can be used to treat some different types of flaws.
•  We can improve your smile and boost your confidence.
•  Porcelain veneers are an affordable cosmetic treatment. They cost less than dental crowns, and they are less invasive.

Am I a Candidate?


Veneers are an ideal solution for individuals faced with minor imperfections in their front teeth that are affecting the overall quality of their smiles. Porcelain veneers are a stronger, longer-lasting alternative to dental bonding, but they are less invasive than ceramic crowns. While they can fit many needs, though, veneers are not the right solution for everyone. There are a few factors that can impact your candidacy.
•  Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? If you do not like your smile because your teeth have minor imperfections, veneers may be a good option. They can cover over a variety of different cosmetic flaws.
•  How serious are the imperfections? Veneers are a cosmetic solution, not a restorative one. They can only treat minor cosmetic flaws. If you have more significant issues, a different treatment may be needed.
•  Do you grind and clench your teeth? Grinding and clenching your teeth, called bruxism, is a condition that puts excessive pressure on your teeth. These actions can significantly impact the longevity of your veneers, causing them to wear down faster or break.
•  Do you take good care of your mouth? A good oral hygiene routine is essential all of the time, including with veneers. The porcelain may not be able to develop cavities, but the material can still collect plaque and bacteria. These substances can cause cavities on your other teeth or lead to gum disease. Gum disease can cause gum recession, which can ruin the aesthetics of your veneers.

Porcelain veneers help to eliminate the appearance of minor flaws in your teeth, greatly enhancing the aesthetics of your smile and boosting your overall confidence. For more information, and to find out of if porcelain veneers are right for you, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.

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