Modern cosmetic dentistry has many great approaches to improving the appearance of your teeth. But of all the options we offer, the is nothing quite like porcelain veneers. They offer so many benefits that they may just be the best cosmetic dentistry procedure available.
One Procedure, Many Changes
One of the things that makes porcelain veneers so great is that they are extremely versatile. They can correct many of the most common cosmetic complaints with just one procedure. That’s right, with porcelain veneers we can correct teeth that are:
- Poorly shaped
To accomplish all these things with other procedures would require teeth whitening, orthodontics, and dental bonding. And the results would not be as good, either, for many reasons. If nothing else, there is a good chance that they just wouldn’t look as attractive as the veneers.
A Quick Change
Unlike some procedures, porcelain veneers can achieve results fairly quickly. Teeth whitening, of course, can be fairly quick, but what about orthodontics? Even with today’s modern accelerated orthodontics, you’re looking at six months to straighten teeth.
But with porcelain veneers, we can achieve the same results in a month or less. That’s why they’re sometimes called “instant orthodontics”
Complete Control over Results
And another thing that makes porcelain veneers great is that they really can transform your smile. With procedures like orthodontics and teeth whitening, we’re limited by your natural teeth.
Orthodontics can move your teeth, but many people find that moving their teeth actually makes them aware they don’t like the shape of their teeth, at which point they request veneers.
And with teeth whitening, your natural enamel may not be able to achieve the whiteness level you want. You can’t just whiten more–they’ll actually start getting damaged. With porcelain veneers, you can achieve the exact whiteness level you want.
Porcelain veneers also have the benefit of giving long-lasting results. Properly fitted and maintained porcelain veneers are expected to last a decade or more.
Other procedures can give lasting results, too, but with more maintenance. With orthodontics, you have to wear your retainer to keep your teeth from drifting back.
With teeth whitening, your results can fade within a few weeks if you’re not using maintenance trays.
Limitations of Veneers
Even the best procedures aren’t perfect, though. There are some situations where porcelain veneers just aren’t right for you.
If you have TMJ, bruxism, or other bite problems that lead to clenching and grinding behavior, this can damage veneers, and may mean that they’re not the right choice for you.
Porcelain veneers also need sound teeth to be placed on. If your teeth are structurally damaged or decayed, they might need porcelain crowns instead.
And, of course, porcelain veneers can’t replace a missing tooth like dental implants can.
But if you are looking for an attractive, durable smile makeover, the odds are good that porcelain veneers can help. To learn whether veneers are right for you, please contact us today for an appointment with a Westchester County cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.