Do you know easy it is to fix your smile? Patients who want to improve their smiles but have several different cosmetic concerns to address often fear that the only way to regain their confidence is to undergo multiple, perhaps extensive, dental treatments. Fortunately, many of them are surprised to learn that they can enjoy a healthier-looking and more attractive smile with just a single procedure – porcelain veneers. Recently, we discussed how veneers can help some patients avoid orthodontic treatment with the help of one or more custom veneers. Today, we examine how else porcelain covers can fix your smile by discussing a few issues that they commonly address.
Fix Internal tooth discoloration in your smile
When your teeth are stained but don’t respond to teeth-whitening, the problem may be that the stains aren’t on the surfaces of your teeth. Internal discoloration can occur for several different reasons, such as over-consumption of fluoride as a child or the use of certain antibiotics. As long as it doesn’t indicate internal tooth infection or damage, your dentist may be able to correct the discoloration with an appropriate number of porcelain veneers.
Chipped or worn teeth
Because porcelain covers or veneers are made from durable, customized porcelain, they’re durable enough to effectively rebuild the tooth structure of chipped and/or worn down teeth. Because placing a dental crown over each damaged tooth would require comprehensive preparation, veneers can offer a more conservative option that minimizes how much of your tooth structure must be modified.
Multiple smile concerns
If you have chipped and discolored teeth, along with one or more other concerns, then the greatest benefit of veneers is that they can address them all simultaneously. Each veneer mimics the front surface of a tooth and is carefully bonded to the tooth to recreate its appearance. The ability to completely revamp the visible parts of multiple teeth means veneers can completely makeover smiles even in some complex cases.
So your smile isn’t perfect, can I cover my teeth over?
Smile enhancement is surprisingly common today. You probably know people in your personal or work life who have them. When properly placed and artistically customized, porcelain covers blend in seamlessly with your smile. Only you will know your secret!
Dr. Fondriest can help you determine if you are a prime candidate to receive porcelain covers. In general, candidacy favors patients who present one or more of the following conditions:
- Slightly crooked teeth: Teeth that are only a bit rotated can be made to look straighter with minimum-preparation and no-prep porcelain covers.
- Gaps between the teeth: Have a gap between one or more of your front teeth? Porcelain veneers can be created to close the gaps and give you a smile without wide divisions between teeth.
- Discolored teeth: Sometimes, teeth become stained or discolored and cannot be whitened, even with safe, professional teeth whitening treatments. In these cases, porcelain covers may be used to cover the teeth and bring the smile back into balance.
- Chipped or broken teeth: Did a trauma years ago end in a chipped or broken tooth? As long as your natural tooth is structurally stable, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
- Large Decay: Although you will need to address any areas of decay before receiving veneers, you can change the appearance of teeth that have been significantly blemished by decay.
- Crowded teeth: Slight overlaps between teeth can also be addressed with the right types of veneers. In some cases, patients who thought they would need orthodontics can skip braces with placement of porcelain veneers.
Find Out if Veneers Can Fix Your Smile
With the ability to address several different cosmetic issues with highly lifelike results, porcelain veneers can be the optimal solution for fixing your smile, as well. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.