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Porcelain Veneers And You

Selecting Veneer Shades

When considering cosmetic dentistry, we usually will look at our most glaring concern and use a procedure that addresses it directly. This works when the concern is general, such as using teeth whitening to address stained teeth, or when a single tooth is cracked or chipped. But what do you do when your teeth are stained along with having multiple chips or cracks? Addressing each tooth individually may be possible, but it’s also likely to be costly and more than what’s actually needed. This is where porcelain veneers truly shine.

Why Use Porcelain Veneers?

The term veneer refers to a wafer-thin covering laid over some other surface, just like with wood paneling in homes. Porcelain veneers accomplish essentially the same thing with your teeth. Rather than addressing each chip and crack individually, or undergoing a complicated orthodontic procedure for minor misalignment, you can handle them all at once. Whether you have small gaps in your teeth, multiples chips, and cracks, discolored teeth, or all three, veneers can do the job. The result is a beautiful and even smile without multiple expensive treatments.

Are Porcelain Veneers Always A Good Solution?

Obviously, there are times when the cosmetic concern is too severe to be treated with a veneer alone. However, there are many cases when a veneer will be enough to completely renovate your smile. When taken care of properly, this cosmetic treatment can last you a lifetime while continuing to look amazing. The Cons are that there are things that veneers just can’t do. They won’t properly address a cavity or an abscess, and they can’t do anything for patients who are experiencing severely recessed gums. Some patients do find concern with the permanent nature of veneers. Getting veneers requires the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to make room for them. This means you can’t have them removed.

Are There Any Extra Steps To Care For My Veneers?

Caring for your veneers is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Simply use a toothbrush on your teeth twice a day and use mouthwash, and you’ll be taking great steps towards keeping your new teeth looking great. If you want to ensure they stay looking their absolute best for as long as possible, then you’ll want to avoid darkly colored foods and drinks that can stain your veneers. Combine these behaviors with regular visits to your dentist, and your teeth will remain shining white for years to come.

Are you considering getting veneers and want to know more? You can reach out to the staff at Heritage Park Dental in Palo Alto, CA, today for help. We’ll schedule you for a general appointment and consultation with Dr. Shadi Heidarian, one of our area’s most respected dentists. During your visit, you’ll go over your dental history and discuss what options are appropriate for your cosmetic dentistry concerns. When it’s all over, you’ll be on the road to a beautiful new set of teeth that are Hollywood perfect!

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