Have you ever noticed how some people are comfortable smiling and others are not? If you fall into the second category, then maybe it’s time to transform your smile with porcelain veneers in Washington.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
As the name suggests, porcelain veneers are coverings that conceal a less attractive surface. Today, veneers are made of strong, natural looking dental porcelain. They even have a sheen that is remarkably similar to tooth enamel. Moreover, veneers can be designed for one or more teeth and each one will correspond to a specific tooth. So your incisors will not look like your front teeth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
There are a few things that you and your cosmetic dentist in Washington must consider before you receive porcelain veneers. Most importantly, you need to have good overall oral health before veneers can be placed.
Veneers are usually recommended for more moderate cosmetic issues, such as chipped, slightly cracked or broken teeth. If your teeth are severely damaged or decayed, you may need to explore other cosmetic dentistry options. In this case, a dental crown that encapsulates and protects remaining tooth structure may be more appropriate.
What are the Benefits of Veneers?
Besides having a younger and more attractive looking smile, you’ll also have teeth that resist stains from coffee, tea, tomato sauce and other foods and beverages that can leave natural teeth looking dull.
Caring for teeth that have porcelain veneers requires that you only maintain your regular daily oral hygiene. Be sure to brush with nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste. Pay close attention to the area where the veneers meet your gum line; plaque can easily build up here. Also, floss between your teeth at least once a day and schedule regular dental checkups so your dentist can monitor the condition of your new smile.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Porcelain Veneers?
Because the cosmetic dentist in Washington must remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth before placing veneers, this procedure is irreversible. Once you rejuvenate your smile with this treatment, you will always need to have some type of cosmetic or restorative coverings on your teeth.
Finally, porcelain veneers are quite strong, but they are not impervious to chips or breaks. Biting your fingernails, chewing ice cubes or gnawing on a pencil can damage your new smile.
To discuss whether or not porcelain veneers are right for your smile, call the office today.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry service, contact us today.