Celebrities are often credited with perfect-looking “movie star smiles”, but in most cases they weren’t born with those pearly whites. Porcelain veneers have become a common way to restore the look of teeth, especially those that have been discoloured, chipped or fractured. Luckily, they’re not just for celebrity smiles.
Made up of several thin layers of ceramic, porcelain veneers are bonded directly to the teeth. They can be custom shaped, sized, and coloured, meaning that anyone can obtain the beautiful white smile they’ve always wanted.
While dental crowns, braces, and other treatments are also options for teeth imperfections and problems, veneers are often chosen due to the quickness of the procedure. However, it may not be the right option for everyone. If you often grind your teeth or chew your nails, this can chip or break the porcelain veneers. Additionally, those with minimal enamel may not be the best candidate for veneers, as they may not be able to stick to the teeth properly.
Porcelain veneers are best for those who have minor tooth defects, such as crookedness, gaps, and uneven teeth. Other issues, such as periodontitis, must be dealt with before the veneers are applied. If whiter teeth are a priority, it’s important to whiten them beforehand – otherwise, the whiter veneers will not match your natural teeth. Another thing to keep in mind is that coffee and wine will stain your natural teeth while the veneers will stay bright. In order to avoid having mismatched teeth, it can be helpful to stay away from items that are known to stain.
If you would like to improve your teeth with porcelain veneers, or if you have questions about the procedure, Southeast Dental in Markham is here to help. Book an appointment online, or give us a call at 905-471-2002. We’ll discuss your specific dental needs and find the best possible option for your smile.