Who Is a Good Candidate for Veneers?

closeup of a woman's smile with porcelain veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin shells made of porcelain that are designed to enhance a patient’s smile when they are placed over the front teeth. Veneers can be used to restore and protect a damaged front tooth or just make it look more cosmetically pleasing. Want to learn more about veneers and our other cosmetic services? Please contact us!

Patients with Adequate Tooth Enamel

Before veneers can be placed, a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed from the front of the teeth to prevent the veneers from looking bulky or unnatural. This requires patients to have enough healthy enamel for a veneer to bond to. If you don’t have enough healthy enamel but still want to enhance the appearance of one or more of your front teeth, we may recommend utilizing dental crowns to protect and support your teeth.

Patients with Relatively Straight Smiles

Did you know that veneers can sometimes be used instead of orthodontic treatment? For patients who have fairly straight smiles, like those who had brace or clear aligners in the past but did not wear their retainers often enough, veneers can provide them with the appearance of perfectly straight teeth. If your teeth are very crooked or you have an underbite or overbite, however, orthodontic treatment may need to be completed first before veneers can be placed.

Patients Who Want to Enhance Many Things at Once

If you are interested in both brightening the color of your teeth and achieving a straighter, more symmetrical smile, veneers can help you achieve both of these goals at the same time. In cases where one or two front teeth stand out from the rest due to being discolored, misshapen, or otherwise different looking from the rest of the teeth, veneers can be the fastest and most effective way to greatly improve the appearance of these teeth and help your smile appear more uniform overall.

Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Veneers?

Patients who routinely chew on ice, hard candy, and pencils or pen caps may find that they are damaging not only their natural teeth, but their dental restorations as well. If you have a habit of biting your nails or you clench and grind your teeth often, veneers may not be the best option for you, as they can become damaged from these habits.

Interested in learning more about porcelain veneers? Contact our office to schedule a consultation today! We’d be happy to see if veneers are the right choice for your unique smile.

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