When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, and, especially porcelain veneers, what you see is what you get, right? Veneers are practically defined as a surface treatment, so it’s easy to see why you might think that it’s only what’s visible that matters. But the truth is that porcelain veneers, and, indeed, all cosmetic dentistry, depends on more than you can see.
That’s why you should take care and choose a cosmetic dentist who understands the full depth of factors that will influence the appearance of your results.
Cement Changes the Color of Veneers
Porcelain veneers have to be attached to your teeth, usually with dental cement. Unfortunately, dental cement and other bonding techniques can influence the final color of your veneers.
A dentist who doesn’t understand the impact of the cement they use can end up getting a poor color match between your natural teeth and your veneers, or just not achieve the desired color with your veneers. On the other hand, a cosmetic dentist that understands the impact of dental cement on color can actually use it to their advantage and achieve an optimal color and match.
Depth of Preparation
One of the desired qualities of veneer material is their translucency. That allows the color of your natural teeth to show through the veneer itself. This is desirable, because that’s the way natural teeth work, and it creates a more natural appearance, but it can also be challenging to manage.
If too much of the tooth is removed, not enough of the color will show through and the veneer won’t properly match your natural teeth. On the other hand, if too little is removed, the veneer might not adequately disguise discoloration in the tooth itself, so you won’t get as much whitening as you wanted. Plus, with veneers we want to make sure we don’t remove more natural tooth than is necessary.
An experienced cosmetic dentist understands how to manage this preparation to get the best combination so you achieve the results you desire.
Your Bite Can Take Its Toll
Your bite likely won’t affect how your veneers look at first, but you can be sure that over time the appearance of your veneers depends on how well your dentist understands your bite. It’s important to balance your bite forces to make sure that veneers aren’t being put under too much stress.
Neuromuscular dentistry is a discipline focused on understanding how the various elements–teeth, muscles, bones, and joints–combine to create your bite forces. A neuromuscular dentist knows how to balance forces on your restorations to ensure your veneers are more likely to last a long, long time.
See the Difference Your Dentist Makes
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to understand that your cosmetic dentist makes all the difference. Before you decide to work with a cosmetic dentist, make sure to look at their gallery to be sure they can achieve the results you desire.