When you have minor staining or damage to your teeth, porcelain veneers may be an alternative to full crowns, saving you time and money. Dr. Matthew Gemp, a doctor of medical dentistry in Houston, uses veneers to correct several natural tooth deficiencies. Contact the practice for an appointment today to learn if veneers can improve your smile.
As with any veneer, dental porcelain veneers are a thin layer of material over another surface. In the case of your teeth, porcelain stands in for tooth enamel, sharing several properties such as strength and translucence. The texture of dental porcelain also matches the appearance of an ordinary tooth, but with the advantage that it doesn’t stain, ensuring a long-lasting white smile.
Over time, the technology surrounding dental porcelain has improved, particularly regarding how thin veneers can be made. Depending on the tooth, Dr. Gemp may bond veneers on your existing tooth surface, or in some cases, he may remove a thin layer of tooth enamel before bonding to provide the most natural-looking result.
When your natural teeth wear due to excessive grinding or if your teeth are naturally irregular, veneers may be the answer to rebuild and smooth the appearance of your smile. Tooth shape is another issue that veneers address. For example, rounder teeth may appear more feminine, while square teeth suggest masculinity. Veneers can alter the shape of your teeth to create a more appropriate look.
Minor alignment issues and small gaps between teeth may also be candidates for porcelain veneer treatment. Veneers can be color-matched to your existing teeth, or you can brighten your smile and hide stains from food, drink, and tobacco.
Yes. Major misalignments are often best treated using conventional orthodontic techniques. When significant structural damage to teeth exists, porcelain crowns that surround the entire tooth are a better solution. Dr. Gemp will discuss what you can expect from veneers, including any available alternatives.
Regular dental hygiene, including gentle brushing and flossing daily, is all the care that porcelain veneers require. Regular checkups are also a part of veneer care.
Though porcelain veneers are very strong, they are still a layer applied to a tooth, so the bonding may be vulnerable to excessive force, such as biting into hard foods or using your teeth in unintended ways, such as opening plastic packages. If you’re prone to grinding your teeth at night, Dr. Gemp may suggest a dental appliance for nighttime wear to prevent damage to your veneers.