Dental veneers are sought after dental cosmetic procedures because of the way that they can hide any kind of dental imperfection without giving you a fake-looking smile. But no matter how convenient it might be for you get dental veneers, they aren’t for everyone. During your initial visit to the dentist, your hygienist or dentist would first have to evaluate if you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Here are some of the things that they need to assess you for:
Diagnosis of Bruxism or Teeth Grinding
People who grind or gnash their teeth are not good candidates for dental veneers, although they aren’t permanently excluded from getting the procedure. Porcelain veneers, just like natural teeth, are vulnerable to breaking and chipping when exposed to too much friction and force. People with teeth grinding should consider being treated for bruxism or at least wear mouth guards prior to getting veneers.
On another note, people who have suffered from bruxism are usually the ones who need veneers the most in order to lengthen their teeth back to normal after they have been shortened by the grinding.
Extent of Dental Discoloration
It’s normal for a person to undergo some degree of dental staining. However, discoloration that is just limited to the enamel layer does not warrant dental veneers since these stains can easily be removed by any in-house dental whitening procedure. In fact, enamel stains can even be noticeably lighter over time for as long as one religiously maintains an at-home teeth whitening regimen.
On the other hand, dental discolorations which have seeped all the way through the dentin layer are more difficult to remedy because the enamel layer serves as a barrier, preventing the active bleaching or whitening ingredient from penetrating the layer to remove the stain. In that case, it’s better to get dental veneers instead. Dentin stains are often caused by prolonged intake of tetracycline and dental fluorosis.
Gaps in Between Your Teeth
Diastemas, as they are called, are gaps in between your teeth. It’s actually easy to fill in this space by getting dental veneers to widen the two teeth and get rid of the gap. However, veneers only work if you don’t have other bite problems. But if you have crowded teeth or overlapping teeth on top of the gaps, then you should consider getting orthodontic braces instead to position your teeth correctly and get rid of the diastema at the same time.
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