Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY encourage patients to consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, which include benefits far beyond a gorgeous smile. For instance, porcelain veneers offer some restorative benefits to certain patients, and so it is important to ask if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic and restorative remedies.
What makes someone a good candidate for porcelain veneers? The first part of the answer has to take into consideration just why people obtain porcelain veneers in the first place. They are often used for:
- Deeply stained teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments
- Teeth that are cracked or chipped
- Teeth that are misshapen or of uneven lengths
- Teeth that are slightly misaligned or unevenly gapped
If any of these issues apply to your teeth, then it is likely that you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. As your dentist in Staten Island, we are also going to take that answer a bit farther.
After all, we will not use porcelain veneers to overcome a cosmetic or general dental challenge if your teeth are not also in good condition. So, the other portion of the answer to the question of “am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers” is “yes…but only if your teeth are free of decay, your gums in good condition, and all other dental concerns are taken care of!”
It is important to remember that the use of this cosmetic dentistry treatment requires the teeth to be prepared to bond to the veneers. This allows us to rely on the veneer to strengthen a tooth that has been weakened by a chip or a crack, offering a long-term and somewhat restorative solution. However, you are a candidate for porcelain veneers only if the tooth is able to be properly prepared.
If you want to discover if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, or you have questions about other treatments available, give us a call at our Staten Island, NY office at 718-984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.