Finding the Best Solution
for Crooked or Misshapen Teeth
It is important to correct misshapen and crooked teeth to have a beautiful smile that can give you more confidence. It is also important to have straight teeth to have good oral health. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to keep clean, which may lead to cavities, gum disease, receding gums, bad breath, and an abnormal bite. If you have crooked or misshapen teeth, there are a few options available to you including orthodontics, veneers, or crowns. One of the most desirable options for many adults is veneers. However, a cosmetic evaluation with your dentist can help determine the best course of treatment for you.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of dental material that your dentist will bond onto the front of the tooth. Because porcelain veneers are as thin as contact lenses, your dentist has to remove very little tooth structure before he bonds a veneer. This means most of your healthy tooth structure will remain intact. One of our highly specialized cosmetic dentists will prepare your teeth for veneers and take a special mold of your teeth. We will send the mold to a dental lab to make your custom porcelain veneers.
Your dentist will place temporary veneers while you await the seating of your permanent veneers. After about two weeks, your veneers are created and are ready to be bonded to your teeth. Your dentist will gently remove the temporary veneers, and bond the permanent veneers in place.
Porcelain veneers can be a great option for patients looking to correct minor flaws in their smile. You may have moderate discoloration, crookedness, gaps, or chips that veneers can correct. Here at Lincoln Family Dentistry, our cosmetic dentists strive to give every patient a smile they can be proud of.
What can porcelain veneers do for me?
Below is a list of common flaws veneers can correct:
- Discolored resin composites fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained teeth that cannot be corrected with professional bleaching
Are you a good candidate for porcelain veneers or lumineers?
Healthy tooth structure is necessary for a patient considering veneers. Typically, if a patient has a cosmetic issue, but the tooth structure is sound, they will be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Other factors to consider are your health, tooth decay, gum disease, oral hygiene, and age.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help determine if you meet some of the requirements for veneers:
Do I have good overall systemic health?
We encourage all of our patients to take care of not only their oral health but also the health of their entire body. While this is not an invasive procedure, it is important that the patient is in general good health, especially making sure there is no infection present.
Do I have tooth decay (cavities)?
Minor decay can be addressed while preparing your teeth for veneers. However, it is important to note that large or deep fillings in which a significant portion of the tooth structure has been removed can affect candidacy for a veneer. A tooth with a more significant amount of decay may not provide the support the tooth needs.
How is my oral hygiene routine?
It is important before considering veneers that you first look at your dedication to your oral hygiene routine. Are you visiting the dentist every six months for your cleaning and exam? Are you brushing twice a day, flossing 5+ times a week, and using a fluoride mouth rinse? A good routine is crucial not only for the overall health of all your teeth, but it is of particular importance for teeth that have undergone dental work.
Am I of proper age?
Teeth take many years after they have erupted to mature and take shape to be the set you will have the rest of your life. Our cosmetic dentists believe in waiting until the teeth are mature to place veneers because veneers are custom fit to a patient’s current length, width, and shape of teeth.
The next step is to schedule an appointment with one of our Nebraska Family Dentistry dentists for a free cosmetic evaluation. This evaluation will help you determine which option is best for you in achieving your ultimate smile wish.
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Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.
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