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Are You a Good Porcelain Veneer Candidate?

By Kenneth Malament on January 10, 2017

Porcelain Veneer CandidateMinor flaws in your smile can cause a sharp dip in your confidence and self-esteem. You may even do your best to avoid smiling and laughing. This can lead to depression and anxiety. At Boston Prosthodontics, we want to give you a beautiful smile you can feel confident in again. Porcelain veneers can address a wide range of cosmetic imperfections to create the whiter, straighter, more beautiful smile you desire. Our doctors carefully evaluate our patients to determine if they are good porcelain veneer candidates at our Boston, MA office.

You Have Intrinsic Stains

Professional teeth whitening can address mild to moderate stains, but may be ineffective on dark intrinsic stains. Porcelain veneers, however, affix to the front of the teeth, concealing these stains and brightening your smile.

Your Teeth Have Minor Damage

If your teeth have sustained minor, superficial damage, you may qualify for porcelain veneers. They can correct chips and cracks that do not affect your tooth’s internal structure. Veneers can also address teeth that are irregularly shaped.

You Have Slight Misalignment

Some patients have such minor misalignment that orthodontic treatments are unnecessary. The misalignment, such as slightly crooked or gapped teeth, can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. In these minor cases, porcelain veneers can conceal these imperfections to create a straight and beautiful smile.

You Want to Address More than One Cosmetic Flaw

As you can see, porcelain veneers can address an array of imperfections. If you want to address multiple imperfections with a single treatment, porcelain veneers are a great choice. They can whiten and straighten your smile, all while correcting any minor damage you may have.

Your Teeth and Gums Are Healthy

One of the most important requirements for porcelain veneers is good oral health. Patients with tooth decay or gum disease must receive treatment for those conditions prior to any cosmetic procedure. Once gum disease is under control and tooth decay has been eliminated, patients can receive porcelain veneers.

You Do Not Have Sensitive Teeth

The most common cause of sensitive teeth is eroded tooth enamel. For traditional porcelain veneers, we must remove a small portion of the enamel to create enough space for the veneers. If we left the enamel intact, the veneers would look bulky and unnatural. If your enamel is already eroded, removing more would only increase tooth sensitivity and could damage your teeth. If you lack sufficient enamel, we may recommend an alternative treatment, such as dental bonding.

You Do Not Have Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition in which patients unconsciously grind or clench their teeth at night. This places a significant amount of pressure on the teeth and can cause erosion, cracks, and other complications. Porcelain veneers are just as susceptible to damage as the natural teeth. Over time, grinding the teeth could cause the veneers to crack or break. If you use a night guard to protect the teeth, then you may still qualify for porcelain veneers.

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If you want to achieve a flawless smile, contact our office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

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