Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?

Teeth do a lot of work for us. Digestion starts in the mouth when we chew our food, and over time our teeth can develop battle scars in the form of gaps, cracks, minor misalignment, or discoloration. Instead of having separate cosmetic procedures to fix these issues, dental veneers might be a good option for you.

Porcelain veneers can be used to repair chipped, discolored, cracked or broken teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain ceramic covers that are permanently bonded to the front and sides of your teeth. Dr. Caves can work with you to create natural looking, durable porcelain veneers that blend with your natural smile.

When teeth start to look less bright and white, many people choose at-home or in-office teeth whitening services. Dental veneers are made of medical-grade porcelain, which lasts longer against acidic or pigmented foods like sugar, fruit, coffee, and wine. They don’t absorb those pigments or erode as quickly as natural enamel, so you won’t have to worry about teeth whitening for a long time!

If you’re keeping your smile to yourself because of small gaps, minor misalignment, or chips in your teeth, veneers may be worth considering. Instead of extensive (and expensive) orthodontic work, veneers are designed to fit on top of existing teeth, creating an enhanced version of your natural teeth. Each dental veneer is customized to the individual, and Dr. Caves consults with each patient individually, so our team can ensure your veneers are perfect for you and your needs.

There are some dental problems that you may want to discuss with Dr. Caves before having porcelain veneers placed on your teeth. If you often grind your teeth (bruxism), veneers may not be the best option. While they’re sturdy, they’re more prone to breaking off with too much grinding.

Patients with sensitive teeth should also discuss directly with Dr. Caves. Some patients have experienced increased tooth sensitivity because installing veneers requires removal of a thin layer of natural enamel. While dental veneers act as armor against further tooth decay, more enamel loss on already-sensitive teeth may require a different approach such as composite bonding.

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with the family dentist office of Dr. Caves in Columbus, GA. Call 706.407.4851 or schedule an appointment online today.