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When Should I Consider Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth by concealing discoloration or damage behind a thin shell of porcelain. Cracks, chips, stains, discoloration, and even mild tooth misalignment can all be addressed with porcelain veneers. Since veneers are custom-made for each patient, the results can look both beautiful and natural. However, are porcelain veneers the best solution for every patient?

If discoloration is your main concern, Dr. Robert Rioseco will likely recommend a teeth whitening procedure over porcelain veneers as this method of brightening the smile is less invasive. However, patients who have severe or permanent discoloration may ultimately benefit from concealment with porcelain veneers. Cracks and chips in the teeth can also be easily corrected with porcelain veneers, although teeth with extensive damage may benefit more from the protection and structural support of a crown. Finally, while mild tooth misalignment can be improved with porcelain veneers, patients may also be able to achieve straighter teeth with an orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign®.

During the consultation process, Dr. Rioseco will perform an oral exam, carefully review your goals, and help you make an informed decision about your dental care. When patients have several cosmetic concerns they wish to address simultaneously, porcelain veneers are often the best solution. With a complete smile makeover, a custom set of porcelain veneers can change the shape, shade, and proportions of the teeth for stunning smile results. To learn more about porcelain veneers, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.