Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for most of our Indianapolis area dental patients. These cosmetic restorations beautifully conceal everything from stubborn discoloration to a smile gap. Still, it’s important to note that some people may not be ideal candidates for porcelain veneers.
Experienced prosthodontist Dr. John Phelps is committed to finding the right treatment for your needs. The first step in determining your veneer candidacy is to see if you have a condition they can address. These conditions include:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Worn teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Irregularly spaced teeth
After verifying that your cosmetic concerns can be fixed with veneers, Dr. Phelps will evaluate your dental health. Good veneer candidates have solid oral health, with no active infections or gum disease. If you have dental health issues, you must treat them before proceeding with veneers.
Dr. Phelps will also make sure that you have enough tooth enamel to accommodate dental veneers. This is difficult to determine on your own. If you don’t have sufficient enamel, the veneer won’t have a good bonding surface.
Another factor that can impact your candidacy is bruxism or tooth grinding. If you’re prone to clenching your teeth, you face a higher risk of chipping or fracturing your veneers. Similarly, you may not be a great candidate for veneers if you habitually chew ice or use your teeth as tools, as these habits can damage dental restorations.
Finally, you must practice good dental hygiene to enjoy the benefits of veneers. It’s crucial to keep your natural teeth healthy with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits since they support your restorations. Porcelain veneers can last for many years, but only with proper care.
Find Out if Veneers Are Right for You
You can trust Dr. Phelps and our staff to lead you down the right path to a beautiful smile. He has nearly three decades of experience placing veneers for highly-satisfied patients.
If you’re considering porcelain veneers, please call Dr. John Phelps today at 317-548-6217 for a consultation. We serve Carmel, Noblesville, and Indianapolis, Indiana.