Teeth that are less than ideal in their shape, color or size can make you feel like you have an unattractive smile, even if your teeth are otherwise healthy. Your self esteem can be affected and your confidence diminished when you smile. Bleaching is certainly the first line of defense due to its conservative nature. But bleaching can only affect the color of the teeth. If you have a size and or shape concern then porcelain veneers may be a viable option. Porcelain veneers are a very effective and relatively affordable way to improve on the color, shape and size of the underlying teeth. They are thin pieces of porcelain used to replicate the natural tooth. Once bonded to the tooth they are strong, durable and can be absolutely breathtaking in their natural beauty. When planned for by a trained dentist and fabricated by master ceramists, they can closely mimic natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can last for many years if they are cared for properly and the occlusion and night time bite are addressed with the appropriate treatment.
Dentists that have been specifically trained to prepare and deliver porcelain veneers have a better understanding of the intricacies involved in treatment planning and delivering realistic expectations for the patient. This special training allows the dentist to have a better chance of understanding exactly what the patient desires and to be able to deliver an extremely high level of patient satisfaction. Every patient has different needs and demands and it is imperative for the dentist to be able to deliver realistic expectations. This is where training and experience are critical to the end result. Timothy C Adams DDS, LVIM, ACSDD Carmel, Indiana