Am I a Candidate for Veneers?

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
June 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

When it comes to fixing the color, shape, or misalignment of teeth, porcelain veneers are a versatile choice.

Advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry mean that today's procedures and products give more natural-looking and satisfying results than ever before. One of the most sought-after choices are veneers, thin porcelain appliances that fit over the teeth to create a new look. Here, the team at Limberakis Dental in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania offers information for those who wonder if veneers are right for them.

"My teeth are stained and no longer white."

Dental bleaching is another well-known cosmetic dentistry procedure; in fact, it's the most popular. There are certain stains and genetic predispositions, however, that are resistant to the whitening agents. People whose teeth became discolored after taking certain antibiotics typically see no results after whitening procedures. Receded gums often leave small areas of the tooth's root exposed; these also do not respond to whitening. If you have fillings or crowns in the areas you'd like to whiten, they will stay the same color as before. These common reasons situations will likely mean your Jenkintown dentist will mention veneers as an alternative. The thin porcelain will correct the color and luminance of your teeth.
 

"My teeth are too small/too long."

Your teeth can become worn down over time, giving them a shortened appearance. They might also be naturally uneven in length or shape. Veneers are excellent at rectifying this problem; when layered over the existing teeth, the veneer will make each tooth look proportional and symmetrical to its neighbors.

"My teeth are crooked."
 
Moderate crookedness and small gaps can also be fixed with veneers. If your teeth are severe crowded or overlapped, talk to your Jenkintown about other methods of straightening first. Orthodontics can be used in these situations and veneers can then give your teeth an extra polished look.

Having healthy enamel is usually a requirement for veneers. The porcelain needs a proper surface to adhere against, and weakened enamel may not provide adequate support. If you think your teeth could use these amazing restorations, an appointment with Dr. Cary Limberakis is just a phone call away!

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