The Advantages of Dental Implants
Nashville dentist Clint Newman, DDS, performs the porcelain veneers treatment on patients from Belle Meade, TN and surrounding areas. Porcelain veneers are natural looking dental fabrications that can be placed on the teeth to mask many types of dental imperfections. The treatment offers many advantages to patients. Here, we review the benefits of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are the most versatile dental fabrication available, and they offer a wide range of cosmetic uses. Patients that have the following dental problems may be good candidates for porcelain veneers:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Cracks, chips, and fractures
- Worn down teeth
- Tooth discoloration, including teeth affected by a yellow, brown, or gray hue and white or dark stains.
- Minor tooth crowding
- Teeth that are twisted
- Teeth that jut out at an odd angle
Although porcelain veneers are not considered a restorative treatment, they do offer some oral health benefits. Porcelain veneers
- Protect teeth affected by tooth erosion or lost enamel
- Improve alignment of the teeth and bite, thereby reducing the risk of tooth erosion, tooth breakage, tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism, TMJ disorder, and sleep apnea
- Restore strength to teeth affected by cracks, chips, and fractures
Porcelain is one of the most durable dental materials in use today. Dental fabrications made of porcelain can be expected to last 10 years or more. The lifespan of your porcelain veneers will be dependent on how well you care for your teeth and gums, along with the amount of wear the veneers sustain from the daily forces of biting and chewing. Patients that maintain a good oral health care routine, avoid hard and crunchy foods, and do not chew on their fingernails or other objects will prolong the life of their veneers.
Not only is porcelain one of the most durable dental materials, it also looks the most natural. If you take a close look at your teeth, you will notice that the natural tooth enamel has translucent qualities. Porcelain also has a translucent surface, making the material well suited for use in dental fabrications.
In addition to the translucency of porcelain, the material can also be color matched to suit the patient's preferences. If you desire, we can match the shade of the porcelain to your natural teeth to produce natural looking results. If your teeth are affected by stains or you prefer a whiter appearance, the veneers can be made in a purer shade of white.
Quick Treatment Process
Considering the dramatic results that can be achieved with porcelain veneers, the treatment process is pretty quick. The preparation and placement of dental veneers is completed in two, one-hour visits to our office. After the first visit, we will place temporary veneers, which will help to improve the appearance of your smile after your first appointment. About one week later, we will place your custom veneers, completing your smile makeover treatment.
Few Associated Risks and Side Effects
Our Belle Meade and Nashville porcelain veneers patients experience few risks and side effects after treatment. Patients may experience some tooth sensitivity after the teeth are prepared for the veneers. The most important factor that patients should be aware of is that treatment is irreversible and the veneers will have to be replaced if they chip, fall off, or become worn.
We invite our Nashville and Belle Meade patients to schedule a porcelain veneers consultation at the practice of Clint Newman, DDS.