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Porcelain Veneer Candidates: Knowing If They're Right for You

Dr. Hellwig Sep 25, 2014

A woman smiling in a white roomDr. Peter Hellwig of San Diego has helped many patients receive the smile of their dreams over the years. This can be achieved through advanced cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover treatments focused on aesthetics as well as dental health.

Porcelain veneers are among the many treatments offered at the practice, and continually one of the most popular. Let's take this moment to understand what they are and who is a good candidate for them.

About Porcelain Veneers and Why They Are So Popular

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored dental ceramic that are adhered to the front portions of a patient's teeth. This allows the veneers to mask cosmetic flaws from view. Porcelain veneers are extremely versatile, as you will see, allowing your dentist the ability to address multiple aesthetic flaws through the use of porcelain veneers alone.

When porcelain veneers are in place, they blend in seamless with your natural teeth. Since they are semi-translucent, they mimic the nature of actual tooth structure. Whether in daylight or at night, under natural lighting or artificial lighting, no one will realize that you have veneers in place.

General Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

General candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from aesthetic flaws with their smile. They should be in otherwise good dental health and have teeth that are in good overall condition. Realistic expectations about the treatment process and post-treatment maintenance of the porcelain veneers are a must for long-term patient satisfaction and optimal results.

Porcelain Veneers Are Great for Small Chips and Cracks

If you have minor chips and cracks on your teeth, the ideal option for treatment is often porcelain veneers. The veneers will mask the chips and cracks from view, leaving your smile looking pristine and perfect.

Dental Stains Can Be Masked with Porcelain Veneers

While teeth whitening treatment may seem like the best option for tooth discoloration, porcelain veneers can also prove effective for major stains. The dental discoloration will be hidden from view thanks to the veneer, allowing patients to smile with confidence.

Minor Gaps and Malocclusion Are No Match for Porcelain Veneers

Tooth gaps and minor crookedness can make a major impact on your smile. So long as the crookedness is minor and doesn't post a dental health risk, your dentist may recommend the use of porcelain veneers rather than orthodontic treatment. This is the reason that some dental care professionals refer to porcelain veneers as "instant orthodontics."

Porcelain Veneers Are Integral for Full Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover refers to a combination of multiple dental treatments that are used to restore the beauty to a smile. Each treatment plan is carefully customized to the patient so that optimal results can be achieved. One of the most crucial parts of many smile makeovers is the use of porcelain veneers. Given their versatility, this should come as no surprised. In fact, the majority of some smile makeover treatments may be done using porcelain veneers alone.

Speak with Our Team About Your Dental Care Options

For more information about porcelain veneers and your many other options for enhancing the overall beauty of your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Dr. Hellwig and his entire team will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the ideal smile makeover treatment for your needs.

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