Porcelain veneers are designed to be a durable and permanent solution for restoring the form and function of teeth. They are preferable to other forms of treatment due to the reduced amount of healthy tooth tissue that must be removed when compared to other options like crowns.
Not every patient can or should have porcelain veneers. Certain conditions and circumstances may make other treatments more viable.
You Plan to Restore Front Teeth
While porcelain veneers can be used to restore small imperfections in teeth, they are best used to restore the form and function of the front teeth.
The reason for this concerns the amount of pressure back teeth experience and the prominence of the front teeth in a patient’s smile due to the tooth-like appearance veneers have.
Porcelain veneers, while durable, are more susceptible to damage than other teeth. This makes them ill-suited for bearing the heavy forces of chewing that molars often experience.
You Don’t Grind Your Teeth or You Have It Under Control
When porcelain veneers wear, they tend to experience catastrophic failure. They will crack and expose vulnerable dentin to acids, which can cause cavities. This can lead to a significant amount of dentin loss, which means that more dramatic restorations like crowns or complete tooth removal may need to be used.
While this is less of a concern to the average patient, it could spell disaster for patients who grind their teeth. If you grind your teeth, then you may want to consider another restoration option for your teeth.
You Take Care of Your Teeth
The most common reason veneers fail revolves around wear of the dentin that they are connected to. Loss of this tissue is the reason veneers fail in most cases.
If you don’t brush and floss regularly, then the chances are that your veneers will experience failure sooner than they should.
You Do Not Have Extensive Enamel Erosion
Porcelain veneers require a certain amount of tissue to be removed. If you have a significant amount of enamel loss, then this could spell a significant problem. Porcelain veneers could weaken your teeth more than they would help.
You Want to Smile
For patients who want to smile with confidence, porcelain veneers are one of the best options. They match the tissue of your teeth regarding color, texture, and appearance. Patients who want to smile should ask about restoring their teeth using porcelain veneers.
Don’t Let Your Smile Stay Hidden
Porcelain veneers represent an effective solution for restoring your teeth. They can fix minor imperfections like moderate amounts of decay and small cracks.
To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, contact Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry today to schedule a consultation appointment. We can use our extensive experience to determine the best options for restoring your smile.