The secret to making cosmetic dentistry a benefit to your smile is creating a treatment plan that not only improves your smile’s appearance, but also helps you restore and preserve your healthy tooth structure. That’s largely because some cosmetic concerns that involve damage and/or malformation to your tooth structure can also have impacts on your oral health. In addition to making the tooth more uniform with your smile, cosmetic treatment should also help it regain its structural integrity. Today, we examine how veneers help strengthen teeth and preserve their structures while also improving their appearance, and why this ability makes them ideal for a wide range of tooth concerns.
What a porcelain veneer does
Porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of highly customizable dental porcelain, have become popular as a cosmetic dental treatment for many different reasons. The porcelain used to create a veneer can replicate your unique, natural tooth structure with uncanny cosmetic results, making it blend in discreetly with your smile once the veneer is placed on your tooth. Because the veneer is designed to replicate and replace all of your tooth’s front surface, it can also be used to address several different types of concerns. This can include severe cosmetic blemishing, such as discoloration, as well as structural issues such as cracks, chips, excessive spacing, and other tooth concerns.
A veneer vs. a dental crown
When a tooth experiences obvious damage to its structure, patients may expect that the best way to restore is is to have a custom-designed dental crown placed over it. This can be the case for many severe types of tooth damage, as the crown can completely cap the tooth and prevent it from suffering any further damage. However, in some cases, capping the entire tooth’s crown isn’t necessary to restore it. With a customized porcelain veneer, we can often restore a damaged tooth with optimal results, and with significantly less alteration to its natural structure.
Can a veneer restore your tooth?
It isn’t always obvious at first whether your damaged tooth would be served best by a porcelain veneer, a dental crown, or another cosmetic or restorative treatment option. The only way to know which treatment is best for you is to undergo a comprehensive examination to determine the extent of your tooth damage and, if applicable, any additional concerns that should be addressed in your treatment.
Learn more about the benefits of veneer
Porcelain veneers are popular for their cosmetic benefits, but they can also create a minimally invasive way to strengthen and restore your teeth. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.