How Porcelain Veneers Brighten Your Smile
Chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth are cause for concern for many people. Whether through injury or genetics, these teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers. Veneers are a minimally invasive option for mild corrections in a patient’s teeth and are great alternatives for patients who are not candidates for tooth whitening. Dr. Vallejo has been providing porcelain veneers to Plantation, FL residents for many years.
What are veneers?
Veneers are custom-made shells that are glued to the front of a tooth. In the past, veneers required a thin layer of enamel to be removed from the tooth to make room for the shell. Porcelain veneers are so thin that the tooth structure is generally left in place.
Porcelain veneers can be used to treat the following problems:
- Discolored teeth – teeth can become stained for a number of reasons; dark colored beverages, tobacco, or even root canals can cause teeth to become dingy and dull. Additionally, patients who have tooth colored fillings, bridges or gaps are great candidates for veneers because tooth whitening will not affect those areas.
- Chipped, worn down, or broken teeth.
- Teeth that are poorly shaped or misaligned.
- Gaps in teeth – veneers can actually close the gap in-between teeth.
Porcelain veneers generally last between five and ten years and do not require any sort of special care. Proper daily oral hygiene will ensure that they provide years of wear.
Important things to consider with veneers:
- Teeth with veneers can still decay. Proper oral hygiene is necessary to prevent the tooth from needing a crown.
- The color of the veneers cannot be altered after they are placed on the tooth. If you are considering whitening, it must be done before the veneers.
- Grinding or clenching teeth can cause veneers to crack. Individuals with these habits are not good candidates for porcelain veneers.
Veneers are a conservative option for patients wanting to improve the color and shape of their smile. They provide a natural looking solution that can help mask a variety of mild to moderate tooth imperfections. If you are considering porcelain veneers, call Dr. Vallejo to set up a clinical consultation and find out about your options.
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