Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
By Stephen Rogers on April 09, 2014
When it comes to improving your smile’s appearance, particularly your teeth, precision is everything. With such limited surface area to work with, the goal of a cosmetic dentist is to enhance your smile’s appeal while retaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Patients seeking a conservative and highly-effective method of improving their smiles in Long Island often find a resolution in porcelain veneers. Viable candidates for veneers, which can address several different dental issues at once, may even be able to receive their new smiles in just a single visit, depending on their specific needs.
What Is a Porcelain Dental Veneer?
In decorating terms, a veneer describes an especially thin layer of fine, ornamental wood, usually placed over rougher, sturdier wood, or another underlying material. In dentistry, the concept of a veneer is the same; to decorate a sturdy structure (your tooth) with an unobtrusive, wafer-thin decorative covering (porcelain veneer). Besides being made from porcelain instead of wood, another difference between dental and other veneers is their purpose. Rather than decorating teeth to make them stand out, porcelain veneers are designed to improve your smile by making your teeth blend in seamlessly with those around them.
Are You a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
The nature of porcelain veneers, which are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, makes them the preferred solution for patients who experience a wide variety of cosmetic issues. You may be a good porcelain veneer candidate if your smile is free of disease, but exhibits imperfections such as;
- Severe teeth stains that don’t respond to professional teeth whitening
- Slightly chipped or cracked teeth (unless the damage makes the tooth significantly weaker)
- Minor tooth misalignment (crooked teeth) that doesn’t require metal braces or Invisalign® clear aligners
- Disproportionate gaps between your teeth, especially in the front (diastema)
- Slightly misshapen teeth, or teeth that appear too short
- More than one smile complaint that would otherwise require more than one procedure to correct.
Before deciding if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, we’ll also ensure that porcelain veneers are the right treatment for your condition. For instance, if your teeth are just dull, then a simpler teeth whitening procedure may be a better option. Every smile improvement procedure will begin with a personal consultation and comprehensive examination to determine the state of your oral health, as well as the goals you wish to achieve.
Smile Improvement, the Greater Long Island Way
Traditionally, placing porcelain veneers required at least two visits; one to assess, prepare, and measure your teeth, and another to place the veneers after they’ve been crafted in a trusted dental lab. Using innovative CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, we can digitally measure your mouth and teeth, and then send the precise measurements to an onsite milling machine. The machine will craft your porcelain veneer(s) according to the precise specifications, and we can place them on your teeth during the same appointment.
Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation Today
At Greater Long Island Dental, we understand that every smile is unique, and we’ll tailor your cosmetic and/or restorative dental treatment specifically to your needs and expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your smile’s appearance and want to know if you’re a viable porcelain veneers candidate, then schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists at your earliest convenience. We look forward to helping you achieve your personal oral health goals so you can fully enjoy your smile again.
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