Are veneers right for me? Porcelain veneers can make a big difference in your smile. These thin films of porcelain, shaped to fit snugly in your mouth on a tooth-by-tooth basis, can give you a dazzling smile. With porcelain veneers, your teeth can beautifully match each other in size, shape, and color. Who wouldn’t want a top notch smile? You may be surprised to know that not everyone is a good candidate for porcelain veneers!
Good Candidates Have Teeth That Are Generally Healthy and Strong
Veneers are an excellent option for improving the appearance of teeth that are worn or chipped or have surface issues such as bumps, dips and small gaps. Veneers may also be an option for teeth with discolorations that do not respond to whitening. However, porcelain veneers do not correct issues below the tooth surface, such as cavities.
Good Candidates Have Addressed Tooth Grinding and Clenching
Veneers are strong and will last for years in most situations. People who frequently clench or grind their teeth, however, do not make the best candidates for veneers. Subjecting veneers to this type of stress may cause chips or cracks, necessitating replacement.
Good Candidates Bypass Habits Harmful to Teeth
Nail biting, ice-crunching, nibbling on pen caps and pencils, or any situations that involve using the teeth to open packaging all put unhealthy stress on your teeth. All of these habits are discouraged, for the good of your natural teeth as well as for veneers. If you have fallen into some of these habits, it is time to make a change, for the good of your regular teeth, as well as to prepare for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are an investment in your smile, and we want to work with you to ensure many satisfied years with your new smile. If you have been considering porcelain veneers, please call for a consultation appointment: that is the first step in making a big difference in your smile.
Are you still asking the question, Are veneers right for me?
Are you struggling to hide your dental imperfections? Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.