Considering dental veneers in Wake Forest? Weigh long-term benefits, alternatives to improved smile
Your reason for considering dental veneers in Wake Forest may be purely cosmetic. You may want to improve the look of your smile. Yet even those seemingly superficial flaws can have negative effects on the health of your teeth over time.
Whatever your motivations for turning to Supremia Dentistry, few treatments restore the appearance and function of your teeth as naturally as porcelain veneers.
These ultra-thin layers of porcelain can cover up stubborn discoloration. Not all types of stains are the same. While many people think of brown or yellow stains caused by coffee and smoking, you may have white spots, a grayish hue to the teeth or very dark yellow or brown teeth.
Stains that are not necessarily the “usual suspects” caused by coffee or cigarettes may be “intrinsic” or internal stains. While Dr. Edmond Suh can prescribe in-office Zoom! Whitening, some internal stains do not budge with these bleaching systems (though KöR whitening can be effective even on stains caused by excessive tetracycline use).
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain. They may be securely bonded to your teeth to cover up these deeper stains. Bear in mind that professional cleaning can remove hardened plaque that can’t be removed with a toothbrush or at-home care alone. This plaque is responsible for not only unsightly stains, but for progressive decay.
Some very dark spots can be cavities, which pose functional and health threats and require more than cosmetic treatments to cover up discoloration. A filling or other treatment may be necessary to prevent further decay and bring the tooth back to health.
Veneers may be used to round out a too-pointy tooth or to even length the appearance of a tooth that is worn down and has shortened over time. These improvements can make your smile look more asymmetrical and pleasing to the eye.
Sometimes changes to the shape of your teeth are caused by destructive conditions and habits. Should teeth grinding or clenching be the cause of undue wear, Dr. Suh will discuss creating a customized guard to protect your new and improved teeth. Just as your natural enamel is susceptible to cracks and chips, so is your new enamel courtesy of dental veneers. To protect the investment you have made in your smile, a comfortable guard may be fitted to your mouth and worn at night to prevent damage post-treatment.
This consideration underscores the need for consultation in advance of the procedure.
Addressing spacing issues
Veneers are so versatile that they may even be used to close gaps and slightly reposition teeth. Keep in mind that sometimes teeth shift as the result of more serious conditions, including progressive gum disease.
Before Dr. Suh places veneers, your teeth and gums will need to be healthy. Placing these types of prosthetics on your teeth can only make untreated disease and decay worse. Furthermore, if you have more severe misalignment or bite-related problems you may be better served with cosmetically appealing straightening methods such as Invisalign.
Your mouth is unique. Call 919 556 6200 to schedule an appointment that will help Dr. Suh determine if veneers, or one of the alternative treatments mentioned here are best for your case.