Making Smiles More Beautiful with Porcelain Veneers
Although teeth whitening procedures can remove stains and improve the color and appearance of your teeth, they do not last forever, and teeth can become stained again. Even in the course of taking good care of your teeth, staining can happen eating normal foods. If you want something more permanent, porcelain veneers may be a better choice for you. In addition, porcelain veneers can fix other cosmetic problems besides staining. If you’re interested in improving the appearance of your smile, Hilltop Dental of Agoura Hills, California offers a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that can restore your confidence and also support your dental and overall health.
Who Can Benefit from Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped outer shells that are designed to cover natural teeth and mask cosmetic problems that have occurred with your own teeth over time. Those patients who may benefit most from porcelain veneers are people with healthy gums who have cracks in their teeth, tooth staining, and discoloration, chipped teeth, small misalignments, or slight gaps between adjoining teeth. Porcelain veneers are not vulnerable to staining, and for that reason, they will remain white for many years to come.
Those who opt to get porcelain veneers also need to have a sufficient amount of enamel on their teeth, since a thin layer of this enamel is often removed before a veneer is placed. Patients who get veneers must also be committed to taking proper care of them, to help ensure that they will give the desired results and will last a lifetime. Overall dental health and regular checkups will still be necessary to maintain the health of the natural teeth and the porcelain veneers.
Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers
Although porcelain veneers cannot replace orthodontic treatment for serious misalignments or similar issues, they can make a patient’s teeth look better for a lifetime. However, they are permanent, and therefore once a patient has them, he can’t really change his mind and decide he does not to use this option to fix his teeth. If the teeth are eroded or are stained by GERD, or reflux, or have been badly stained by years of smoking or drinking coffee or tea, porcelain veneers may be a great option if there are no other major dental or orthodontic problems.
On the downside, it’s important to understand that dental veneers can be expensive, and often, dental insurance does not cover them. One single veneer may cost over $1,000. Also, there may be increased tooth sensitivity that may last a short time or may be persistent. Those who choose to get dental veneers should have a solid idea in mind of the results they want and should discuss this goal with their dentist before treatment is begun. When the goals for how porcelain veneers work and will improve a smile for the patient are realistic, then there’s less likely to be disappointment with the results.
Call to Learn More About Porcelain Veneers at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California Today
If you’ve got stained, chipped, or cracked teeth and are interested in learning more about porcelain dental veneers, call for a complimentary consultation at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California today. At Hilltop Dental, we can help you to regain confidence in the appearance of your smile. Dr. George B. Apelian, DDS and his professional staff offer you the best in cosmetic dentistry. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 818-865-8651, and we can help you plan your cosmetic dental treatment in order that you can get back the smile that you once enjoyed.