Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Dental Veneers Woodinville

Jun 9, 2014 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: Porcelain Veneers Cosmetic Dentistry

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain VeneersThere are so many treatment options out there if you want to have a smile that looks its very best. Modern cosmetic dentistry treatments have been able to make smiles looking amazing and totally natural; this means that you can have a dental makeover so convincing that everyone will think you were born with that winning set of teeth.

One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in recent years is porcelain veneers. We'd like to take a moment right now to consider the ideal candidates for porcelain veneers and how they can best help you.

About Porcelain Veneers

Also known as dental veneers, porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are adhered directly to the front parts of the teeth. When in place, the porcelain veneers are able to mask aesthetic imperfections from view, making your smile look stellar.

The best part about porcelain veneers is that they are semi-translucent like your natural tooth material. That means that when porcelain veneers are in place, light will affect them just as they would your natural teeth.

Dental Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Treat

Porcelain veneers are ideal for addressing the following dental problems:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained/discolored teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Tooth misalignment

General Candidacy for Porcelain Veneers

The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from any of the above cosmetic flaws. It's important that the patient be in good dental health overall and not suffer from any dental health issues.

You see, porcelain are predominantly cosmetic in nature, and as such, they are not ideal for treating serious dental health problems. Patients who suffer from severe chips/cracks on their teeth or who experience major malocclusion would be better served by restorative or orthodontic care.

Realistic Expectations for Cosmetic Care

Realistic expectations are another important facet of candidacy for porcelain veneers. Patients need to understand both the risks and benefits of porcelain veneers treatment in order to make the most well-informed decisions about their dental care needs and to be satisfied with the results of the procedure.

Porcelain Veneers as Part of a Smile Makeover

Given the versatility of porcelain veneers, it is not uncommon for them to be used during smile makeovers. Smile makeovers are essentially combinations of cosmetic treatments that help enhance the overall beauty of your smile.

Treatment Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers

If a patient is not a good candidate for porcelain veneers, there are plenty of other options to consider that may meet his or her needs.

If the patient suffers from serious malocclusion, for instance, he or she may best be helped through the use of traditional metal braces or Invisalign, an invisible orthodontics treatment, which straightens teeth without brackets or wires. For major chips and cracks that affect overall tooth structure, there are multiple restorative treatments to consider, such as dental crowns, inlays, and onlays. Even other cosmetic treatments may be better for the patient overall, such as dental bonding or teeth whitening.

Porcelain veneers and various alternatives can be discussed in greater detail during your visit our practice.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and your many options available for advanced smile makeover treatment, be sure to contact our Woodinville cosmetic and restorative dental care practice today. The team at Signature Smiles looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your dental health and wellness goals.

Our Location

Signature Smiles

Woodinville Office

(425) 489-1177


Get Directions

Our Friendly Staff
Is Ready to Answer
Your Questions!

Email Us

* Denotes required field
To: Signature Smiles

From (email)*:

Dear Signature Smiles,
Hello, my name* is and I am interested in scheduling an appointment with you and would like to receive information about
Please call me at at your earliest convenience.

Expand to Personalize Your Message