Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that can quickly and effectively conceal a number of cosmetic dental flaws. The process of applying porcelain veneers consists of your cosmetic dentist removing a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth, and then bonding the veneers permanently to the front of one or more teeth. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger has enhanced the smiles of hundreds of good porcelain veneer candidates at his Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice. But veneers are not ideal for everyone. Your cosmetic dentist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
What Dental Issues Can Be Treated with Porcelain Veneers?
The first step toward determining your candidacy for porcelain veneers is identifying if you have a dental issue that porcelain veneers can fix. Veneers can treat many cosmetic dental issues, and are often called “instant orthodontics” for their ability to transform a patient’s smile overnight, but it is important to understand that they are not able to fix every issue. A good candidate for porcelain veneers is a patient hoping to fix such issues as:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Tooth discoloration
Porcelain veneers are not an effective option for cavities or other forms of tooth decay, which may be better treated with fillings or dental bonding. Veneers also cannot replace missing or severely damaged teeth, as they require a strong base - if this is your situation, your cosmetic dentist may instead recommend a dental bridge, dental implant, or porcelain crown.
Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Even if you are suffering from a cosmetic dental issue that can be treated with porcelain veneers, this alone is not the only requirement for being a good porcelain veneer candidate. In order to proceed with the placement of porcelain veneers, Dr. Zarger will first evaluate your oral health and habits to determine the best treatment plan. In addition to having an issue that porcelain veneers can treat, there are other factors that determine a good porcelain veneer candidate:
- Strong and Healthy Teeth and Gums: Because porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your existing teeth, they need a strong base to be effective. To provide this support, an ideal candidate will have healthy teeth and gums that are free of gum disease or decay.
- Good Dental Habits: When cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last well over a decade before needing to be replaced. Habits such as nail biting and tooth grinding (bruxism) can dramatically shorten the lifespan of porcelain veneers. Furthermore, because porcelain veneers only cover the front of a patient’s natural tooth, the rest of the tooth is just as susceptible as ever to plaque and tooth decay. A good candidate is committed to good dental hygiene and free of bad habits that could complicate the procedure’s effectiveness.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Today
For the right patient, porcelain veneers can provide a dazzling and esteem-building transformation. If you think porcelain veneers may be the right choice for you, contact the dental office of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr, DDS, to schedule a consultation today.