When considering whether or not you should see our Phoenix dentist about dental veneers, it’s helpful to first have a solid understanding of this popular cosmetic dental treatment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to alter their shape, length, size, or color.
Who Should Get Veneers?
If you fall into the following categories, then veneers may very well be the best cosmetic dental treatment for you.
- You don’t want to wear braces: Braces are a great way to straighten your teeth and get a more appealing smile. However, not everyone will want to wear them because they might not want to be seen with all of the appliances that go in their mouth. Or because teeth with braces are difficult to keep clean. Or even because braces need to be worn for a long time, and can be uncomfortable at times.
- You want fast results: The dental veneer process is rather quick 一 it consists of two appointments that are spaced a few weeks apart. At the first visit 一 which will take a couple of hours depending on the number of veneers you’re getting 一 we’ll prep the teeth and make you a set of temporary veneers which you’ll wear while the lab makes your permanent set. Once the finalized veneers arrive, you’ll return for a second visit where we will permanently cement them to your teeth. You can see that the veneer process gives you very fast results, especially when compared to other smile-enhancing procedures like braces or teeth whitening.
- You Have Healthy Teeth and Gums: Veneers are only recommended if you have good oral health. It’s important that the teeth you are wanting to makeover don’t have any cavities and there is no gum disease present.
Who Should Avoid Veneers?
Porcelain veneers aren’t for everyone. If you fall into the following categories there are other cosmetic options that you probably ought to consider.
- You have a limited budget: To have a full smile makeover you would typically veneer at least the top front six teeth of your mouth. Some people with a wider smile should treat up to 8 or 10 teeth. Also, individuals that show their bottom teeth a lot will likely want to veneer those as well. The average cost of a single dental veneer is relative to the type of material used, so if you’re on a limited budget they may not be the best choice.
- You have large gaps between your teeth: While veneers can close in small spaces between your teeth, large gaps aren’t usually an option. To close them up would make your new teeth look too wide, which isn’t appealing at all.
- You grind or clench your teeth: If you have a strong bite or your grind and clench your teeth, then you may have issues with breaking or popping off porcelain veneers.
Veneers if Phoenix
If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic veneers and seeing if you are a good candidate for this life-changing procedure. come see Dr. Babak Behbahani and the team of Central Valley Dentistry in Phoenix. We look forward to being a part of your transformation!