Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers in Richardson?
July 21, 2018
If you are tired of looking in the mirror and cringing at your teeth’s aesthetic imperfections, porcelain veneers in Richardson may be perfect for you. These ultra-thin pieces of porcelain are able to disguise a wide range of flaws, such as discoloration, cracks, chips, minor misalignment, and more. Are veneers right for you? Here, we list some traits of the ideal candidate for this procedure.
You’re Ready to Commit
When you commit to porcelain veneers, you’re signing up for a lifetime of beautiful smiles — yes, this is essentially a permanent procedure. Each set of veneers may last for 10 – 15 years if you care for them well and don’t have any mishaps that damage them.
It is important that you get your veneers replaced when their lifespan is coming to an end. That is because the process for installing them requires your dentist, either Dr. McDougal or Dr. Richards, to remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Without veneers or something else to protect your pearly whites from the ravages of the everyday life, you may experience severe sensitivity.
You Have Good Oral Health
Your dentist in Richardson will want to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to support porcelain veneers. During your cosmetic consultation, they’ll check to verify that you have adequate tooth enamel to undergo the veneer process. They’ll also examine your gums and teeth to look for signs of disease or decay. If they spot any problems, it’s possible that you’ll still be able to get veneers after you undergo some restorative treatment.
Your Teeth Are Fairly Straight
Veneers can disguise some small orthodontic issues, such as little gaps between the teeth or minor crookedness. However, if your smile’s misalignment is threatening your oral health, or if your teeth are crooked to the point where it would be impossible to place the veneers, you may need to undergo an orthodontic treatment before you can receive your new smile.
You Take Excellent Care of Your Teeth
To make your veneers last as long as possible, and to protect the teeth underneath them, it is vital that you have good daily habits. For example, an excellent oral hygiene routine will not only help protect your teeth from cavities, but it will also reduce the chances that your veneers will become stained.
It’s also important that you do not habitually grind or clench your teeth; either of these activities would place excessive pressure on your veneers and increase the chances that one would break.
Porcelain veneers are a remarkable treatment that can boost your beauty, bolster your confidence, and provide you with many years of head-turning smiles. If you would like to discover whether you are a candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation with your local cosmetic dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Chris C. Richards is a general dentist who has devoted much time and study to learning the art and science behind creating beautiful, healthy smiles. In 2016, he even graduated from the Masters Program of the Center of Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Dallas. If you would like to talk to him or Dr. McDougal about porcelain veneers or other dental treatments, contact our office at 972-231-5376.
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