What Makes a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the appearance of a person’s smile by changing the shape, color, size, or length of their teeth. They are thin, custom-made shells that are attached to the front of a person’s natural teeth to enhance their appearance.
Veneers are used to correct a variety of dental issues, including:
- Teeth that are stained or discolored
- Chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are slightly misaligned or overcrowded
While veneers can produce stunning results, they are not suitable for everyone. Understanding who might be a good candidate for veneers can help individuals determine if this cosmetic dental procedure is right for them.
A Good Candidate for Veneers
A good candidate for veneers is someone who:
- Has good oral health: Veneers require that a significant amount of tooth structure be removed, so it’s important for individuals to have good oral health before undergoing the procedure. This means that they should have healthy gums, free of gum disease, and minimal to no tooth decay or cavities.
- Wants to improve the appearance of their smile: Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, so individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of their smile are typically good candidates for the procedure.
- Has realistic expectations: It’s important for individuals to have realistic expectations about the results they can achieve with veneers. Veneers can improve the appearance of their smile, but they are not a cure-all solution and may not be able to correct all dental issues.
- Is committed to maintaining their oral hygiene: Veneers require special care and maintenance to ensure their longevity. Individuals who are committed to maintaining their oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and visiting their dentist regularly, are good candidates for veneers.
Not a Good Candidate for Veneers
Individuals who are not good candidates for veneers include:
- Those with gum disease: If an individual has gum disease, it is important to treat it before undergoing any cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers placed on teeth with gum disease may not adhere properly and may fail prematurely.
- Those with bruxism (teeth grinding): Individuals who grind their teeth are not good candidates for veneers as the constant grinding and clenching can cause the veneers to break or become damaged.
- Those with a strong bite: Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front of the teeth. If an individual has a strong bite, they may be more likely to damage their veneers, and they may not be the best option for them.
Pros of Veneers
- Improved appearance: One of the biggest benefits of veneers is that they can greatly improve the appearance of a person’s smile. They can correct a variety of dental issues, including stained, chipped, misshapen, or uneven teeth.
- Long-lasting: Veneers are made from high-quality materials, such as porcelain, that are strong and durable. When properly cared for, veneers can last for many years, providing individuals with a long-lasting solution for improving the appearance of their smile.
- Minimal tooth removal: Unlike dental crowns, which require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed, veneers only require a small amount of tooth structure to be removed. This means that individuals can keep more of their natural tooth structure intact.
Cons of Veneers
- Cost: Veneers can be quite expensive. The cost of veneers will vary depending on several factors, including the number of veneers being placed, the type of material being used, and the location of the dental practice.
- Permanent tooth removal: Although only a small amount of tooth structure is removed, the process is irreversible and can lead to long-term sensitivity or changes in the bite.
- Maintenance: Veneers require special care and maintenance to ensure their longevity. This includes avoiding hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can damage the veneers, and maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly.
- Not suitable for all dental issues: While veneers can be effective for correcting a variety of dental issues, they are not a cure-all solution. For more serious dental issues, such as extensive tooth decay or extensive crowding, alternative treatments, such as braces or dental crowns, may be more appropriate.
Veneers can be an excellent solution for improving the appearance of a person’s smile. However, it’s important for individuals to understand who may be a good candidate for veneers and the pros and cons of the procedure.
A consultation at Concierge Dental Group can help determine if veneers are the right solution for your specific needs and goals. At Concierge, we pride ourselves on providing treatment that is personalized to each patient and emphasis lasting relationships and proficient treatment. Give us a call today to set up your consultation at 716-333-3333.