The appearance of porcelain veneers depends on what you can see, right? Wrong. Although the actual veneer itself makes a big difference in the final appearance of your treatment, the final appearance of your porcelain veneers–like many cosmetic dentistry procedures–depends on many things you can’t see–factors that your cosmetic dentist has to take into account when designing and placing them.
Cement Changes the Color of Veneers
Your porcelain veneers have to be bonded to your tooth using dental cement. This is more than just a pragmatic step, however, because the cement used to bond your teeth can change the color of the veneers.
If your cosmetic dentist isn’t aware of this potential or doesn’t communicate properly with the ceramicist when designing veneers, the impact can be veneers that don’t match your natural teeth. On the other hand, experienced dentists have a good idea about the impact that cement will have on the appearance of veneers, and they can use this impact to improve the match of your veneers.
Depth of Preparation
Underneath the veneer, your natural tooth may be able to show through. How much it shows through depends on the thickness of the veneer, the material used for the veneer, and the coloration of the tooth itself.
An experienced cosmetic dentist knows how to account for these changes, and will prepare the tooth to a proper depth that maximizes conservation of natural tooth material and conceals discoloration and staining but allows enough of the underlying color to show through to convey a naturalistic appearance.
Your Bite Can Take Its Toll
Your bite may not impact the initial appearance of your porcelain veneers, but it can definitely impact the appearance of your veneers over time. If your dentist doesn’t take care to ensure that your bite forces are balanced, it’s more likely that your veneers will end up chipped and cracked before they should.
This is more an aspect of training than experience. A dentist may know the importance of balancing bite forces, but may have limited expertise in how to account for that. But a neuromuscular dentist is trained in the science of measuring and balancing bite forces and has the tools that allow them to ensure your veneers won’t be put in harm’s way. That ensures your porcelain veneers don’t just look good today, but for years–even decades–to come.
A Difference You Will See
These differences may be based on “invisibles,” but their impact is easy to see. Look at our smile gallery to see examples of some of the great results that experienced Valdosta cosmetic dentist Dr. Nelson Clements can achieve.
Please call (229) 242-5511 today to see what results he can achieve for you.