There are several people that avoid smiling in public and even in general due to having a less than perfect smile. For some people with less than perfect smiles, smiling can be a downright painful experience, both emotionally and physically.
However, thanks to the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are treatments that can enhance your smile. One of the many options cosmetic dentistry offers are porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over your natural teeth to conceal imperfections. This dental procedure is considered quite popular when it comes to improving your smile, as the results are extremely natural looking.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain veneers don’t discolor overtime
- Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant to classic stains
- Porcelain veneers color, shape and size are customizable
- Porcelain veneers are quite durable
- Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years or a lifetime
- Porcelain veneers produce a natural-looking appearance
- Porcelain veneers produce dramatic and fast results
Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain veneer color cannot be changed once placed
- Porcelain veneers require the natural tooth to be slightly altered
- If porcelain veneers break, the whole veneer must be replaced
- Porcelain veneers are pricey, ranging around $1,000 per tooth
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
Porcelain veneers can correct a myriad of cosmetic dentistry problems. If you have dental problems such as chipped, decayed, discolored or poorly shaped teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can also be beneficial in situations where you have a slight gap, as well as minor crowding or a mild misalignment. Unfortunately, if you have gum disease, severe tooth decay or cracked teeth, it would make you an unlikely candidate for porcelain veneers. You should have any dental problems treated beforehand to increase your chances of being an ideal candidate.
If you end up being a good candidate for porcelain veneers, be sure to involve yourself in the smile design process. Let your cosmetic dentist know what your likes and dislikes are about your smile, and what you’d like to see in your new smile.
If you’d like to see if you’d be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding porcelain veneers.