Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are a simple, effective solution for correcting a number of cosmetic dental issues. These shells fit over your natural teeth and are bonded to your tooth’s surface, permanently correcting any unattractive features of your smile.
Porcelain veneers provide an aesthetically-pleasing smile without the use of metal braces. Also referred to as “instant orthodontics,” porcelain veneers can fix:
- Spaces and gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are crooked, uneven or misaligned
- Enamel that has become discoloured from daily habits, such as smoking or drinking coffee, wine or tea
- Teeth that are chipped, broken or contain holes
- Worn-down, flattened or unappealing teeth
- Washed-out fillings
Am I a Candidate?
Porcelain veneers are not designed to correct major dentistry problems and are not a substitute for proper dental hygiene. However, if you need minor cosmetic dental work, these restorations are ideal.
If you have a smile that you would like to aesthetically enhance, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers. There are, however, several criteria that you must meet in order to have these restorations applied, such as:
- Sufficient pre-existing tooth enamel (because some of your tooth’s surface must be removed to attach the veneers)
- You must be in good oral health
- You must be free of gum disease
As with any dental treatment, you should discuss your oral situation and all of your treatment options Dr. Gordon Chee. He might recommend another procedure that can better fit your needs.
For example, if you have a minor chipped tooth, a less invasive procedure like dental bonding may be recommended. Or if your teeth are too crooked to be fixed with veneers, Dr. Chee may suggest Invisalign®.
Do Not Let Your Teeth Affect the Way You Live
If you have a dental issue that seems cosmetic, it may negatively impact your life in other ways. For example, chipped or damaged teeth can create headaches and badly stained teeth may prevent you from smiling or conversing with others. Besides affecting your appearance, these issues can impede your physical health and emotional well being.
If your teeth are negatively affecting your life, porcelain veneers can restore a healthy smile and give you the confidence you deserve. If you live in the Calgary, Alberta area and are interested in porcelain veneers, please contact Dr. Chee by calling 403-543-4600 or contacting Aesthetic Dental Studio online.