Candidates for veneers desire drastic cosmetic results. To receive one or more veneers, one of our doctors will need to determine that you enjoy good oral health and have adequate tooth structure.
During your cosmetic consultation at our office, one of our doctors will examine your teeth and listen to your cosmetic goals. If you are a good candidate for veneers, an appointment will be scheduled to begin your cosmetic treatment.
Treatments to Consider Before Veneers
If during your consultation the doctor notices an issue, such as tooth decay or gum disease, he may recommend restorative treatment. For instance, some patients may require a root canal or placement of dental crowns before receiving cosmetic dentistry treatments.
If you only require minor adjustments to your teeth, one of our doctors can use tooth-colored bonding to correct pockets of discoloration or small chips.
Also, unless you plan to cover all your teeth with veneers, you may want to consider teeth whitening first. For instance, if you desire to only cover your front teeth, we will match the shade of the veneers to your remaining teeth.
While the bleaching agents in teeth whitening products improve the color of a natural tooth, it will not affect the shade of porcelain. Therefore, if you are wanting a whiter smile, this should be done first.
Veneers can make your teeth look straight by altering their sizes and shapes, but you may be a better candidate for orthodontics if your teeth are significantly misaligned. For instance, veneers can address minor alignment issues and small gaps, but large gaps or extensive teeth crowding may require Invisalign or traditional braces.
If you tend to grind or clench your teeth, a condition known as bruxism, you will want to discuss this with the doctor. This is because the forces applied to the teeth during grinding or clenching can damage or break veneers. Therefore, you may need to wear a nightguard to protect your teeth while you are sleeping.