What Do Dentists Look for in Good Porcelain Veneer Candidates?

By on September 06, 2014

An attractive young woman with long black hair crosses her arms around a pillow and smilesPorcelain veneers are an attractive choice for many people looking for a brighter and more beautiful smile, but it isn’t the best choice for everyone. How do you know if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers? A skilled cosmetic dentist can assess your dental health and determine if you would be a good fit for the veneer procedure.

What Makes Good Porcelain Veneer Candidates?

There are several traits that your cosmetic dentist can use to identify a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

  • Healthy Teeth and Gums - Porcelain veneers do not replace your teeth entirely, they are laid over your natural teeth. Because of this, it is essential that candidates have healthy teeth and gums in order to support the veneers. Tooth decay left unchecked can progress underneath the veneers, compromising both the veneer and the tooth itself.
  • Hoping to Correct Minor Cosmetic Flaws - There are some dental issues that porcelain veneers cannot solve - they cannot replace missing teeth, for example, and they cannot mask more severe orthodontic issues like jaw misalignment. With that said, they can correct such cosmetic flaws as chips, cracks, crowding or discoloration.
  • Fully Understands the Process - Because they are just thin shells that are laid over your natural teeth, many people believe that porcelain veneers are removable. In reality, this is far from the truth. Your dentist must remove a layer of enamel from your teeth in order to place the veneers, which means that the process is irreversible - while you may need to replace your veneers over time, you will not be able to go back to using your natural teeth on their own. A good candidate understands this fully and has determined that the benefits of veneers outweigh the maintenance and the risks.

What Makes a Bad Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Just like there are traits that cosmetic dentists look for to determine that a patient is a good candidate for porcelain veneers, there are also traits that could make them think twice before recommending veneers as a suitable treatment. Some of these traits include:

  • Tooth Decay - As mentioned, tooth decay can only worsen beneath porcelain veneers. If your dentist discovers that you are suffering from issues like cavities or gum disease, he will probably recommend that you have these problems corrected before moving forward with veneers.
  • Damaging Habits - Habits like chewing hard objects or bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) can be extremely damaging to both natural teeth and enhancements like porcelain veneers. These habits can cause porcelain veneers to suffer wear and tear much quicker than normal, and can even cause them to crack or detach completely. In the case of bruxism, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard to wear nightly to curb the damage. Otherwise, you might do better with a different treatment plan altogether.  

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Today

If you are thinking about getting porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, now’s the time to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To learn more about your potential with porcelain veneers, contact our dental practice at Clarksville Smiles to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro, DDS, today.  

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