There are a lot of factors that go into an attractive smile: ideally, teeth should be straight, white, full, and evenly spaced. It can therefore be difficult to keep your teeth looking their best, especially since some may become increasingly flawed over time.
At our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry center, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a great smile. With porcelain veneers, many aesthetic problems can be solved instantly and potentially forever. The front teeth, in particular, can benefit from the wide-ranging benefits of veneers, making them a common choice for this effective treatment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, which are crafted to resemble the front of your teeth. Each veneer is customized per tooth, shaped to fit over the front surface. By covering the front of a tooth, a veneer can hide a multitude of problems underneath, while playing an integral role in your smile.
Because porcelain is a semi-translucent material and reflects light, it looks nearly identical to tooth enamel. Furthermore, porcelain is stain-resistant and can be precisely matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth, blending in discreetly.
How Do Front Teeth Benefit?
The four front teeth of the upper and lower jaw, called the incisors, and the canines, are the most prominent teeth in your smile. As a result, these teeth are most commonly the ones patients seek to improve. There are a few reasons in particular why porcelain veneers are most effective on the front teeth:
- Dramatic improvement: Imperfections on the front teeth are more likely to be noticed when talking or smiling. This is especially true for the two upper, central front teeth, which are relatively large. Moreover, because of their placement and thinner structure, incisors tend to incur more damage than other teeth, resulting in embarrassing chips and cracks.
- No bite interference: Because incisors and canines are not used for chewing in the way molars and premolars are, there is less risk of veneers interfering with a patient’s bite pattern.
- Less chance of damage: Although veneers can be placed on molars, they risk a greater chance of damage due to chewing movements and, for patients with bruxism, teeth grinding at night. Veneers on front teeth are much more likely to remain in pristine condition, even years later.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Most patients with cosmetic flaws are likely good candidates for porcelain veneers, provided they have the right expectations for treatment and are not currently suffering from decay. Assuming a patient’s teeth are in good health, the following problems are commonly treated through porcelain veneers:
- Chips and cracks
- Worn down teeth
- Darkened or yellowed teeth
- Deep stains
- Erosion or abrasion
- Crooked teeth
- Misshaped or undersized teeth
- Gaps in teeth
Because veneers conceal a majority of problems at once, they can be used to address any one or a combination of the above issues. The only problems that veneers may be unable to fix are those that are especially glaring, such as a blackened tooth, or that also threaten the tooth’s health. For a more accurate assessment of your candidacy for porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarger.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Help You?
We look forward to helping you with all your cosmetic and restorative dental needs. To see if porcelain veneers can help you, or to inquire about our other treatment options, contact us today!