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Are You Considering Porcelain Veneers?

October 10, 2018

If you are considering porcelain veneers for your smile, you may already know that they are very thin shells of porcelain that are custom designed and crafted specifically for your smile. They are made to look like natural versions of your teeth as each shell is designed for the specific measurements and coloring of each individual tooth. If your smile does not make you feel confident, porcelain veneers can be used to make you feel better about your smile’s appearance. If live in Kansas City, MO and are considering porcelain veneers for your teeth, talk to the team at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City.

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Things That Veneers Can Address

The thin shells of porcelain are permanently adhered to the front of your teeth, which means that most cosmetic issues can be addressed (even multiple issues at once). Issues like intrinsic stains (discoloration that comes from within the tooth that cannot be removed through teeth-whitening), chips, cracks, jagged edges, irregular shapes or sizes, odd angles, etc. If it is an issue that solely affects the appearance of the teeth, porcelain veneers can probably address it.

Issues That May Need Another Solution

If there is an issue with a tooth that affects more than the health of it, porcelain veneers may not be the best solution. For example, if the damage of the enamel goes deep enough to expose the inner tissues of the tooth, a root canal treatment may be needed to disinfect the tooth. A crown may be used to fully restore a tooth like that. If the odd angles of a smile are caused by misalignment, orthodontic treatment like Clear Braces may be a better course of action. In some situations where the health of the tooth is not affected, but the cosmetic issue is small, cosmetic bonding may be a more conservative (and often more affordable) approach to updating the smile’s appearance.

Are Porcelain Veneers Are Right for Your Smile?

Your dentist can help you understand when porcelain veneers are the right smile choice. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, today at 816-427-4018.