Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, but that doesn't mean you have to live with imperfections. Porcelain veneers are one method used to correct slight cosmetic imperfections with teeth that make you self conscious. Veneers aren't the right choice for everyone, though. The following guide can help you determine if they are a good choice for you.
Can veneers treat your issue?
Veneers can't solve every dental problem. They are best suited for the following:
Permanent staining or discoloration
Small gaps between teeth
Teeth of different sizes or lengths
Odd-shaped teeth or minor chips
Major alignment issues and gaps will require a more in depth treatment, such as braces or aligners.
Do you have time for the requisite visits?
Veneers can't be applied in a single visit. There is always two visits, and occasionally three that are required. The first visit is simply an assessment. Your teeth will be measured and imprints may be taken. The dentist may also show you a mockup of what your smile will look like afterward.
The second visit is where your teeth are filed and shaped for the veneers. There may be some discomfort but the process isn't usually painful. Usually permanent veneers are bonded to your teeth at this time. Some dentists may prefer to fit you with temporary veneers instead, especially if you have issues that require more accurate measurements for the casting of the final veneer. This will require a third visit for the final bonding.
Are there care concerns with veneers?
Veneers are a permanent choice. Although rare, veneers can crack and you will need to get a replacement right away. This is because your enamel has been thinned for the bonding, so teeth without their veneer are more exposed to damage and cavities.
Otherwise, care for veneers is the same as it is for natural teeth. Cavities are still a possibility, especially since some of the tooth surface is often still exposed. Plaque can also grow at the gum line and make the roots cavity prone, so you must keep up with basic brushing and flossing.
If you have an issue that veneers address, and you can make the commitment to complete the treatment and continue with proper hygiene afterward, then porcelain veneers are likely a good choice for you. Meet with a cosmetic dentist so you can discuss your treatment options and begin the process of having your veneers placed.