Porcelain Veneers for Misshaped Teeth
By William Stofer on September 22, 2018
If you have teeth that are crooked or misshaped, you might feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Laughing and speaking around others could be an issue, even if you’re with friends and loved ones. These smile problems could even impact your career, particularly if your job involves lots of interaction with others. Thankfully, Dr. Bill Stofer of Dental Solutions can help.
The team at our Warsaw, IN practice would like to consider the use of porcelain veneers, a versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry treatment for misshaped teeth and a host of other aesthetic issues. We’ll also note some alternatives to porcelain veneers that are ideal for patients with misshaped teeth.
About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the front of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers are able to mask various cosmetic flaws from view. In addition to misshaped or asymmetrical teeth, porcelain veneers can also be used to treat chips, cracks, serious stains, tooth discoloration, and gaps between teeth.
How Effective Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are extremely effective. They conceal flaws convincingly. Thanks to their composition, porcelain veneers blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. In natural light, in artificial light, even up close, porcelain veneers look just like your natural teeth.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people whose teeth are misshaped but the issues do not cause any sort of dental health problems. Porcelain veneers are for cosmetic flaws affecting the smile rather than major health issues.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
To get porcelain veneers placed, patients must first have a little bit of enamel structure removed from the front of a tooth. This is to accommodate the veneer when it is in place. Once the tooth is prepped, an impression is taken and sent to a dental lab where the veneer is custom crafted. Lab technicians take the impression information into account as well as the color of the tooth and surrounding teeth.
Once the porcelain veneer is completed, it is sent back to the dental practice. The dentist takes a moment to check the fit of the veneer before it is adhered in place.
The Results of Porcelain Veneers
After getting porcelain veneers, patients will experience straight, well-proportioned, and even smiles. Misshaped teeth will be totally concealed, and the overall look of the smile will be straight and beautiful.
Given the dramatic results of porcelain veneers treatment, it may appear like you’ve undergone a dramatic smile makeover or orthodontic care.
Porcelain Veneer Alternatives for Misshaped Teeth
Sometimes a patient’s issues with misshaped teeth cannot be address by porcelain veneers. In these cases, the ideal option for treatment tends to be dental crowns to cap the teeth or orthodontic care to revise dental alignment. Multi-procedure approaches may be recommended for some patients depending on their needs.
During the consultation process, we can help you determine the right kind of treatment to improve your smile and meet your dental care goals.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry office. The Dental Solutions team is here to provide answers to all of your questions. You can reach us by phone at (574) 269-1199.
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