When Do You Need Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to replace the look and function of problematic teeth. They are light, thin and translucent, custom-made ceramic shells that are bonded tightly to fit the teeth, usually the front teeth, looking as natural and healthy as the rest of your dentition. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. What do you choose? Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are the most common choice, however, resin veneers are thinner than porcelain. It requires less work on the natural tooth preparing it to receive its new look. All veneers require tooth trimming, about ½ millimeter of the natural tooth’s frontal surface, about the thickness of the veneer.
You might be suffering from any of the following situations, it would be a great idea to consider porcelain veneers. A discolored tooth is a good candidate. The discoloration might be due to root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth.
Veneers can be considered for teeth that are misaligned, malformed, or uneven, as they can be shaped to conform to natural, healthy teeth. It’s also for chipped, broken, and worn down teeth. It can also replace a gap between teeth. On the other hand, veneers are not for decaying teeth or if there’s the presence of active gum disease; or if the teeth are already weakened by a large filling material and not enough enamel is left.
It’s a relatively easy procedure to do in the dental office. They can last up to 10 years with proper care and good oral hygiene. Apart from the natural look they provide and stain-resistant properties, veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape. They generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
Specializing in Porcelain Veneers in West Seattle
If you are looking at enhancing your look and your teeth are presenting a problem, come over to see your West Seattle dentist. Here at First Impressions Dental, we have done a lot of cosmetic and restorative work using porcelain veneers. See if this is your option and have that natural, healthy smile again.