ARE VENEERS RIGHT FOR ME?
In all your selfies on Instagram and Snapchat, how good do your teeth look? Maybe you’re not smiling at all because you don’t like your teeth. If your smile isn’t enhancing your overall appearance, you may be interested in a smile makeover with veneers. A porcelain shell, veneers go over the front of your visible teeth to cover stains, cracks, gaps, plus missing, asymmetrical, or crooked teeth. Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that can give you a smile makeover quickly. DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC offers custom veneers crafted from strong porcelain to make your smile look beautiful and natural. Before you schedule a consultation to get cosmetic veneers, ask yourself if:
YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR SMILE ARE COSMETIC
The main reason to get veneers is to treat aesthetic issues such as small chips, cracks, gaps, stains, or misshapen teeth. One treatment, like tooth whitening or cosmetic bonding, might be good if you have one concern, but cosmetic veneers will correct several problems at once with even results. Veneers may be a great choice if you have dark or internal stains that can't be improved, even with professional teeth whitening. You might have considered a similar cosmetic procedure like bonding and contouring. Dental bonding can be performed to correct most of the same issues as veneers; however, the composite resin used to perform the bonding chips easier, is less resistant to stains, and the results typically don’t last as long.
YOU'D LIKE TO BE PRACTICALLY PERFECT
Older veneers made teeth look like Chiclets and gave people unrealistically perfect smiles, which made them easy to spot. Modern veneers are customized to be natural-looking so your friends and family will not know exactly what you did, but they will notice you look great. Although veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile, you can still keep a little personality. For instance, if you like the gap in your front teeth, but would like it to be a little smaller, your veneers can be designed to do this.
YOU'VE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MICRODONTIA
A hereditary condition, microdontia makes the teeth are underdeveloped and usually have gaps. Microdontia can make your smile look like you still have your baby teeth. Even if gaps and small teeth don't impact your dental health, microdontia can make you look less mature. Custom veneers are often a good fix if you have microdontia. Cosmetic veneers can create a full-size, beautiful smile that is proportionate to your face. We have helped many patients in Wake Forest, NC who have microdontia feel more confident in their smile with veneers.
YOUR TEETH AND GUMS ARE HEALTHY
In order to be considered for veneers, you must have good oral hygiene. Any cavities, decay, plaque buildup, and gum disease need to be addressed prior to receiving veneers. Since your teeth will be directly bonded to the veneers, it's important for both the application and long-term success that you start with optimal oral health. Covering up any tooth decay or gum disease with veneers could make it worse. This is why DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC will perform a thorough assessment to check for and treat any underlying conditions before placing veneers.
YOU DON'T CLENCH OR GRIND
Tooth grinding and jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, can severely damage your teeth. Bruxism can cause chips, tooth fractures, and the misalignment of your teeth and jaw. This isn't just an issue for your teeth, but it can also be hard on the porcelain veneers you just invested in. If your mouth shows signs of tooth grinding or jaw clenching, your dentist may suggest a custom night guard to save your natural teeth and your new veneers. A custom night guard may also help you get a better night’s sleep!
YOU'RE READY FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY
Veneers from our office in Wake Forest, NC are crafted from strong, high-quality porcelain; however, you still need to take good care of them. This means no biting your fingernails or chewing on ice. Additionally, Also, you shouldn't cut tape or tear open packages with your teeth since this may loosen your veneers. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than your natural enamel, you should still have a good oral hygiene routine. You should floss and brush, at least twice a day, to keep your veneers bright and the rest of your mouth healthy. You should also visit your dentist for professional cleanings and exams. During your visit, we can demonstrate proper cleaning techniques and provide oral care instructions for you to follow at home. If you have any problems, you should get your veneers checked by your dentist.
YOU’VE CONSIDERED OTHER OPTIONS
During your consultation, your dentist will discuss your cosmetic treatment choices, including porcelain veneers. Based on your concerns and wants, you might benefit from teeth whitening, bonding and contouring, or a restoration. Your dentist will ensure you understand all of your options so you can make the right choice for both your appearance and oral health. Come to your consultation with an open mind and questions. DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC offers a wide range of cosmetic procedures, which can be used to develop your custom smile makeover treatment plan.
YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP
When you have thought about the above points and you’re ready for more information, schedule a consultation at DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC. We’ll listen to your concerns about your smile and your goals before you decide if veneers or a different cosmetic procedure is your best option. If you decide to get veneers, we’ll develop a plan to design and set your porcelain veneers. Compared to older veneers that needed the dentist to shave a large amount of enamel from the front of the teeth, modern veneers are no- or minimal-prep so they're faster to get them on!