Modern cosmetic dentistry is capable of transforming virtually any smile, and no treatment is more transformative than porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to conceal aesthetic flaws such as cracks, chips, discolorations, imperfections in shape and size, and gaps between teeth. When custom-crafted by experienced dental professionals with finely honed artistic sensibilities, such as the cosmetic dentists of Winterset Dental Care, porcelain veneers can blend seamlessly into a patient’s smile, being virtually indistinguishable from surrounding natural teeth in terms of their size, shape, color, and even texture.
While porcelain veneers have been the foundation of some of the most remarkable smile makeovers produced at Winterset Dental Care, they are not necessarily the best option for all of our patients. Unfortunately, not all patients are good candidates for treatment. This is why our cosmetic dentists carefully evaluate porcelain veneer candidates at our Chicago, IL dental practice before proceeding with treatment. Porcelain veneers represent a significant investment on the part of the patient, and we want to make absolutely certain that the results will justify that investment on every conceivable level. After all, we put nothing above the safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction of our patients.
Are you a good candidate for porcelain veneers? To find out, please schedule a consultation with one of our esteemed cosmetic dentists today.
Candidacy for Porcelain Veneers
In order to be considered a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers, you must:
- Not have extensive gum disease: Gum disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss, especially in its advanced stage, periodontitis. We cannot place porcelain veneers on loose teeth or teeth that are in jeopardy of becoming loose due to advanced gum disease. If you have some degree of gum disease, it will have to be treated in order to ensure your candidacy for porcelain veneers, as well as to improve your overall oral health.
- Have strong, structurally sound teeth: While porcelain veneers can help to reinforce the teeth, they are not intended to protect teeth that are structurally unsound as dental crowns would. They can conceal teeth that have been compromised by cracks or chips but are otherwise still strong enough to support a restoration. If the tooth is too weak to support a restoration, it cannot be fitted with a veneer.
- Understand that porcelain veneers are irreversible: In order to place porcelain veneers, it is necessary to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel beforehand. While the amount of enamel is no thicker than the width of an eggshell, it is just enough that you will have to wear veneers on the treated teeth for the rest of your life. Our veneers are made from the highest-quality porcelain; with proper care, they can last for a decade or longer. However, even the most durable veneers will eventually need to be replaced.
- Be willing to practice good oral hygiene after treatment: Your porcelain veneers will give you the smile you deserve and desire, so it’s important that you take care of your investment. Veneers are highly stain-resistant, which means that if you do not practice good oral hygiene and your surrounding natural teeth become discolored, your veneers will stand out for all the wrong reasons. It’s essential that you brush, floss, and visit our office at least twice a year as recommended by the American Dental Association to keep your smile looking its best.
Find Out Whether You Are a Suitable Candidate for Porcelain Veneers
To find out whether you are a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers, please contact Winterset Dental Care today.