Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the holiday season is fast approaching. Is your smile ready? Porcelain veneers are excellent for covering up virtually any dental flaw. Chipped, stained, and misshapen teeth are made perfect with the thin sheets of porcelain that are affixed to the surface of the teeth that show when you smile. Traditionally, however, dental veneers have required the removal of a layer of perfectly good tooth enamel — and that’s something many patients shy away from. These days, there is another option: minimally-invasive porcelain veneers in Melbourne, FL.
Comparing Traditional and Minimally-Invasive Veneers
Minimally-invasive veneers are thinner than traditional veneers, and modification of the tooth enamel is only performed when absolutely necessary. In many cases, the veneers can be applied without any removal of the enamel, keeping your teeth healthy and whole. That means that minimally-invasive veneers are often reversible in the rare instances that patients wish to return to their natural tooth enamel.
Dental veneers are used to correct a number of dental imperfections, from chips and cracks to misshapen teeth, discoloration, and even slight orthodontic issues. When small gaps or other minor misalignments affect the smile, porcelain veneers eliminate the need for braces altogether.
Who Is a Candidate for Veneers?
Most patients in good oral and overall health, free from gum disease and tooth decay, are fit for the traditional veneer procedure. People whose teeth jut out of the gum line may still require slight removal of tooth enamel. This is because when there is a lot of tooth present, adding another layer of thickness may look unnatural. Your dentist will examine your teeth and consider your smile goals to determine whether or not the removal of enamel is necessary.
Caring For Your Veneers
Traditional and minimally-invasive veneers can last for years and years with proper care. Make sure you are brushing your teeth regularly with a non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss daily and continue to visit your dentist as recommended for continued oral and dental health. It is true that cavities cannot form on dental porcelain, but the teeth beneath your veneers can develop decay — and gum tissue is always vulnerable to infection. Gum disease can result in the loss of dental veneers, so oral health and hygiene is more important than ever after you receive your new veneers.
Dental porcelain is a sturdy material, but it is more vulnerable to cracks and chips than your natural tooth enamel. Athletes should consider investing in a custom-fit mouthguard to protect their dental veneers from chips and breaks. People who grind their teeth at night can benefit from the same protection.
Let’s Get Started With Your Veneers!
Are you interested in improving your smile with traditional or minimally-invasive veneers? We want to help you enjoy the benefits of dazzling teeth and a confident smile, and we offer a number of aesthetic services in addition to dental veneers. Contact our office to discuss your options in cosmetic dentistry today!