Porcelain veneers have soared in popularity, giving patients of all ages beautiful, picture-perfect smiles. But if you are looking for the best way to enhance your appearance, you may wonder if porcelain veneers are right for you. What problems can this treatment correct? And are there any health conditions that may exclude you from veneers?
Dr. Thomas Brown and Dr. Marie Huguelet provide thorough consultations to determine the right treatment for each patient. Fortunately, veneers are a versatile option, suitable for many people. And if they are not right for you, Dr. Brown or Dr. Huguelet can recommend an alternative.
Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
What are your cosmetic concerns?
Your dentist will attach custom-made veneers to the front of your teeth. Thus, they can conceal numerous concerns and even reshape your teeth. Veneers may be appropriate if you wish to address any of the following problems:
- Internal discoloration
- Disproportionately small teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Small chips
- Worn teeth or uneven edges
- Unusually shaped teeth
You could receive a single veneer or as many as ten for a complete smile transformation.
How is your dental health?
Porcelain veneers are a low-risk treatment with a 10-year survival rate of 95%. At the same time, some tooth preparation is required. Your dentist will need to trim your teeth, removing a minimal amount of enamel to make room for the porcelain shells. This process will also ensure a stronger and more durable bond for the veneers.
If you have sustained significant enamel erosion, you may not be a candidate for veneers. Additionally, if you have a cavity or filling in one or more teeth, these teeth may not be eligible for veneers.
Finally, if you have active gum disease, it is unwise to undergo cosmetic dentistry. Fortunately, once you receive appropriate treatment, you may be an excellent candidate for veneers.
What is your budget?
Veneers do cost more than other cosmetic treatments. But they also last longer. That is why it’s important to weigh immediate costs against the long-term investment of cosmetic dentistry. Of course, we understand the importance of a budget. We work hard to make all of our care affordable, whichever treatment you ultimately select.
What are your other treatment options?
If porcelain veneers are not right for you, we offer multiple treatments that may be better suited to your needs. Options include:
- Dental bonding: Dr. Brown or Dr. Huguelet will use composite to cover blemishes and reshape your teeth. No tooth preparation is required. That’s why bonding is usually the best option if you have sustained enamel erosion or other damage.
- Invisalign®: Although veneers can close small gaps between teeth, they cannot correct overall misalignment or crooked teeth. Luckily, Invisalign offers an effective and much subtler alternative to braces.
- Teeth whitening: If your primary concern is the color of your smile, we suggest teeth whitening instead of veneers. The treatment is faster and more conservative, though it cannot address anything other than the shade of your teeth.
Contact Us to Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
Schedule a thorough consultation to find out if you are a candidate for veneers. Our dentists will thoroughly assess your needs before making an honest treatment recommendation.
Schedule an appointment online or call us at (630) 369-3120.