VENEERS: ARE THEY RIGHT FOR ME?
If you check your pictures on Instagram and Snapchat, how good do your teeth look? Have you perfected the mysterious look to avoid smiling and showing your teeth? If your smile doesn't look as nice as you would like, you may be interested in a smile makeover with veneers. A porcelain shell, veneers go over your front teeth to hide stains, cracks, gaps, plus missing, asymmetrical, or crooked teeth. Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because they offer a fast, effective smile makeover. DentalWorks in Cranberry Township, PA offers veneers crafted from strong porcelain to make your smile look fabulous, but still natural. When you think you'd like to get cosmetic veneers, consider if:
YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR SMILE ARE COSMETIC
Veneers were created to treat aesthetic problems including small chips, cracks, gaps, stains, or misshapen teeth. One treatment, like dental bonding or professional whitening, might be good if you have one concern, but veneers will address several problems with attractive results. Veneers may be a great choice if you have dark or internal stains that can't be corrected, even with in-office teeth whitening. You might have looked into a similar cosmetic procedure, particularly bonding and contouring. Bonding can be performed to correct most of the same concerns as veneers; however, the composite resin used to perform the bonding chips easier, is less resistant to stains, and the results are not meant to last for more than a few years.
YOU'D LIKE TO BE REALISTICALLY PERFECT
Older veneers made teeth look perfectly white and square, which made them look unnatural. Now, veneers are customized to be natural-looking so people might not know exactly what you did, but they will notice you look great. Although veneers can make a dramatic improvement in your smile, you can still keep a little personality. For instance, if no one would recognize you without the gap in your front teeth, but you would like it to be closed a little, your veneers will be designed and crafted to leave you with a small gap.
YOU'VE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MICRODONTIA
A hereditary condition, microdontia makes the teeth are underdeveloped and usually have gaps. Microdontia can make your smile look like you still have your baby teeth. Even if gaps and small teeth don't impact your dental health, microdontia can make you look less mature. Custom veneers are a good option if you have microdontia. Cosmetic veneers can create an attractive smile that is proportionate to your face. We have helped many patients in Cranberry Township, PA who have microdontia feel more confident in their smile with veneers.
YOUR TEETH AND GUMS ARE HEALTHY
In order to be considered for veneers, you must have good oral health. Any issues like cavities, plaque buildup, and gum disease need to be resolved before you can start the process of getting veneers. Since your teeth will be directly bonded to the veneers, it's important for both the application and long-term success that you start with optimal oral health. Hiding gum disease or tooth decay with veneers may make it worse. This is why a good dentist will perform a thorough assessment to check for and treat issues before allowing you to start the process of getting veneers.
YOU DON'T CLENCH OR GRIND
Tooth grinding and jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, can significantly damage your oral health. Bruxism can cause chips, cracks, and the misalignment of your jaw and teeth. This isn't just an issue for your teeth, it will be a problem if you decide to invest in veneers. If your mouth shows signs of tooth grinding or jaw clenching, your dentist may suggest a custom night guard to save your teeth and veneers. A custom night guard may also help you get a better night’s sleep!
YOU'RE READY FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY
Dental veneers from our office in Cranberry Township, PA are crafted from strong, high-quality porcelain; however, need to be properly maintained. This means no biting your fingernails or chewing on ice. Additionally, Also, you shouldn't cut tape or tear open packages with your teeth since this may alter your veneers. Even though veneers resist stains better than your natural enamel, you should still have a good oral hygiene routine. You should floss and brush, at least twice a day, to keep your mouth healthy and veneers bright. You should also visit your dentist for professional cleanings and exams. If you need help, we can demonstrate proper cleaning techniques and help you develop a home routine. If you have any problems, you should get your veneers assessed by your dentist.
VENEERS OR ANOTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
In your consultation, your dentist will explain your cosmetic choices, including veneers. Based on your concerns and wants, you might benefit from teeth whitening, bonding and contouring, or a restoration. Your dentist will ensure you know all of your options so you can make the right choice. Come to your initial consultation with an open mind and questions. DentalWorks in Cranberry Township, PA offers several cosmetic procedures, which can be used to develop your custom smile makeover treatment plan.
YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP
After you have thought about the above points and you’re ready for to have a consultation, contact DentalWorks in Cranberry Township, PA. Your dentist will listen to your goals before you decide if veneers or a different cosmetic procedure is right for your needs. If you are a good candidate and want to get veneers, your dental team will develop a plan to make and set your porcelain veneers. Compared to older veneers that needed the dentist to shave a large amount of enamel from the front of the teeth, we use veneers that are no- or minimal-prep so they're faster to get and enjoy!