Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available, because they can easily cover most imperfections for a beautiful smile. However, veneers may not be the right choice for everyone. Depending on your specific cosmetic and functional dental needs, you may be a candidate for a number of dental procedures.
Read on to learn more about porcelain veneers and whether or not they may be a good option for you, then call Dr. Lance Loveless of BridgeView Dental at 512-347-8299 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in West Lake Hills, Lakeway, and other nearby areas of greater Austin, TX.
What Are Your Dental Concerns?
Veneers can cover up a wide range of imperfections, including:
If your teeth are generally healthy but you have minor to moderate imperfections such as those listed above, you are probably a great candidate for porcelain veneers or Lumineers. However, if you have significant decay, you may need a combination treatment of crowns and veneers. Decay needs to be treated, not just covered up, so that it doesn't spread and cause problems.
On the other hand, if your dental concerns are purely cosmetic and very minor - for instance, discoloration without any other problems, or a single tiny crack or chip - you may not need veneers at all. A simple teeth whitening treatment can take care of most discoloration, and dental bonding is a great option for fixing small chips or cracks.
Are You Concerned About Preserving Your Natural Tooth Enamel?
Porcelain veneers are extremely long-lasting and durable, but they do require some natural tooth enamel to be removed in order to fit comfortably in the mouth. Some patients are hesitant about removing enamel from their teeth, while others find it a minor price to pay for the appearance of a perfect smile.
Luckily, if you are hesitant about removing your natural tooth enamel but still want the benefits of veneers, we offer Lumineers. These are a type of veneer that are incredibly thin, allowing them to be placed without having to remove natural enamel.
Keep in mind that Lumineers may not be able to cover significant cosmetic defects such as large cracks or chips, since they are so thin. Dr. Loveless will let you know whether Lumineers are appropriate for you during your consultation.
Are You Committed to Taking Good Care of Your Teeth?
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers require careful care if you want them to last a long time. Neglecting your oral health after having veneers placed can not only shorten the lifespan of the veneers but can cause further dental problems. You should be ready to commit to an oral health regimen consisting of regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist. In addition, you should cut down on the number of sugary and sticky foods that you eat.
If you chronically grind your teeth (bruxism), you may not be a good candidate for veneers, since grinding can damage them. However, Dr. Loveless may be able to prescribe a night guard for you to help you stop grinding your teeth at night.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers or Lumineers to give the impression of perfect teeth, call Dr. Lance Loveless of BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Austin, Lakeway, Round Rock, Bee Cave, and other nearby areas of Texas.