Smile Makeover Without Veneers - What Are My Options?
Dental problems rarely come one at a time. That’s why people with complicated cosmetic flaws should consider a smile makeover. Using the latest in cosmetic dentistry treatments, Dr. Clint Newman can help your smile look wonderful again.
Many smile makeovers at our Nashville, TN practice involve the use of porcelain veneers, a highly versatile and effective treatment option. In fact, some smile makeovers consist almost entirely of porcelain veneers. We wanted to consider the opposite scenario. Let’s go over the potential of a smile makeover that does not involve porcelain veneers at all. Even without veneers, a smile makeover can lead to extremely effective results.
Why You May Not Need or Want Veneers
While porcelain veneers are a great option for many common aesthetic flaws that affect a smile, it may not be the right option for you and your needs. Some reasons why include:
- A Less Invasive Option Is Better - Porcelain veneers require just a little bit of tooth enamel to be removed in order for them to be placed. For some patients, retaining as much tooth structure as possible is a much better option.
- A Tooth Is Too Fractured or Damaged - For major tooth fractures or cracks, a porcelain veneer may not be suitable. A more substantial and durable restoration for the whole tooth will be needed instead.
- Keeping Smile Makeover Costs Down - Porcelain veneers are versatile, but it comes at a cost. If you would like to lower the price of a smile makeover, an alternative to porcelain veneers can be considered.
During the consultation at our Nashville practice, we can determine if it’s better for your to avoid getting porcelain veneers during your smile makeover treatment.
For very minor chips, cracks, and stains, dental bonding may be the ideal option. Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored dental resin that is painted onto a cosmetic flaw. Thanks to the bonding material, the cosmetic problem is hidden from view. Careful color matching allows dental bonding to achieve remarkable results.
For stains and discoloration of a tooth, teeth whitening can work wonders. Teeth whitening bleaches the tooth structure itself, making it appear brighter and whiter in the process. This is ideal for extrinsic stains, which are stains that originate on the surface of the tooth.
Tooth-Colored Dental Crowns
For major chips and cracks that a porcelain veneer cannot address, the ideal option may be tooth-colored dental crowns. These are caps that fit over a damaged tooth, protecting it from further damage and ensuring it is sturdy enough to bite and chew without experiencing pain.
If you have gaps or crooked teeth that porcelain veneers cannot address, orthodontic care may be the right option for your needs. The use of braces and braces alternatives will not just close gaps and enhance smile symmetry, it will also improve your overall dental health and wellness.
Developing a Smile Makeover Just for You
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to achieve the benefits of a smile makeover without the need for porcelain veneers. We encourage you to visit our Nashville dental center for a consultation. We will help determine the ideal cosmetic procedures that will make your smile makeover as effective as possible.
Learn More About Smile Makeovers
For more information about smile makeovers and whether or not they are an ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact a trusted cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Newman and his team can be reached by phone at (615) 385-3507.