Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular types of cosmetic dentistry services due to their ability to correct most aesthetic issues with teeth in a long-lasting and painless manner. Many A-list celebrities use veneers to achieve that “Hollywood smile.” You may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers if you have cosmetic issues with your teeth such as:
- Cracks or chips
- Severe discoloration
- Small gaps
- A few crooked teeth
Veneers are a long-term commitment, as enamel from your natural tooth needs to be removed in order for the veneers to fit properly in the mouth. However, they are also very long lasting. In most patients, veneers last anywhere from 8 to 15 years. Veneers are also stain resistant, meaning that if you take proper care of them, they will stay bright white for years.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?
Most patients who get porcelain veneers do find that it’s worth it. They enjoy having a picture-perfect smile that’s easy to care for and lasts a long time. However, not everyone is a candidate for or even needs porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers may not be worth it for you if:
- You only have minor tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening may be a better option in that case.
- You have very minor cosmetic dental issues that you want fixed immediately. Dental bonding may be a better solution for you.
- You have structural problems with your teeth. Porcelain veneers cannot fix structural issues, so you’ll likely need a combination of treatments to fix both your structural and cosmetic problems. A smile makeover may be an option if you have extensive concerns.
Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
People looking into cosmetic correction for their teeth often run across both veneers and bonding in their search. These two treatments can address many of the same aesthetic issues, but they are very different.
Dental bonding does not require any natural enamel to be removed, so it is an attractive option for people who only have minor imperfections on a few teeth. It consists of a tooth colored resin applied to chips, small cracks, or the edge of the tooth in order to reduce a gap.
Dental bonding can be performed in one session, and provides immediate results. It is also less expensive than porcelain veneers. However, the results do not last as long, and it is not the best option if you have extensive cosmetic concerns.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation in Boston Today
If you want to correct cosmetic problems with your teeth and obtain a beautiful, even, bright smile, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Clancy today at (781) 396-8558 for your consultation. He will examine your teeth, listen to your concerns, and help you find the right treatment to achieve your goals.