Who Is Eligible for Dental Veneers?

Who Needs Dental Veneers?

Custom Made Dental Veneers for Mature Patients

Cosmetic or restorative dental treatments are an excellent way to improve the appearance of damaged teeth. Individuals in their 40s through 70s may have teeth located toward the front of the mouth that have mild damage such as chips, discolorations or cracks. One of the best ways to cover the damage on teeth is with a custom-made veneer. A dental veneer is composed of durable porcelain or composite materials that are used to hide tooth damage. A dentist can apply the color-matching materials directly on a prepared tooth surface by brushing on the liquid substance before polishing it to create a natural appearance. Alternatively, veneers are designed in dental laboratories by technicians who have a three-dimensional image of the damaged tooth or an impression mold.

Indirect and Direct Porcelain Veneers

Brush-on or direct veneers are often placed on teeth during the first office visit if a patient has healthy gum tissue and dental enamel without discolorations. Indirect or laboratory molds require at least two office visits in order for a dentist to take a mold impression of the damaged tooth or collect three-dimensional images. An indirect veneer is made of material that matches the color of nearby teeth, and a dentist may suggest having a teeth-whitening procedure before the veneer is made to provide a more attractive smile. A veneer is extremely thin, lightweight and shaped to fit perfectly on the surface of a patient’s damaged tooth.

Creating a Younger Appearance with Dental Veneers

In some cases, a tooth needs some preparation before a veneer is applied by a dentist. A strong moisture proof adhesive is applied to a patient’s natural tooth to hold the veneer firmly in place. With the correct application and fit, a patient can consume a normal diet and will have no problems talking. In addition to covering damage such as discoloration or cracks, one or more veneers can makeover a patient’s smile by improving the appearance of misshapen teeth or reducing gaps between teeth. Because many mature patients have front teeth that are worn along the edges, leading to an aged appearance, a dentist may recommend veneers to provide a cosmetic improvement in addition to protecting slightly damaged teeth.

Call Daxon Dentistry for Dental Veneer Options

If you are interested in veneers or other dental services, then contact Daxon Dentistry in St. Petersburg, Fla., to schedule an appointment.