4 Things That Make You A Good Candidate For Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a thin material that the dentist cements over a tooth's surface to cover imperfections. Dental veneers can cover stained teeth and minor damage. The veneers also protect the teeth from further damage. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the restoration.

Below are four things that mean you can benefit from dental veneers.

You Don't Struggle With Bruxism

Dental veneers are strong but destructible. You can damage the veneers if you expose them to strong or constant forces. For example, you can damage your veneers if you regularly clench and grind your teeth — a condition dentists call bruxism.

If you have bruxism, manage the condition first before you get veneers. You may need to diagnose the bruxism's cause and manage it. Mouth guards, jaw exercises, medications, and dental correction treatments may also help.

You Have Good Oral Health

Dental veneers are primarily cosmetic treatments. You shouldn't use veneers to manage dental ailments. You might complicate your dental treatments if you get veneers, and they cover the dental ailments.

Say you have gum disease or dental cavities. You should treat such conditions before you get veneers. Otherwise, the problems might fester under the veneers and trigger dental complications.

You Have Adequate Enamel

You don't need perfect teeth to get dental veneers. After all, you use veneers to cover up dental imperfections. However, you need moderate enamel present for your dental veneer treatment to succeed. The dentist will clean, etch, and polish your enamel to prepare it for veneer placement. Such preparation can damage your teeth further if you don't have adequate enamel.

Alternative treatments exist for structurally damaged teeth that don't suit veneers. For example, dental bonding can build, strengthen, and improve your teeth's appearance. A consultation with your dentist will determine the best restoration for your circumstances.

You Have Moderately Straight Teeth

Lastly, you can get dental veneers if your teeth are moderately crooked, but not if they are extremely crooked. For one, veneers can correct minor to moderate teeth crookedness but not extreme crookedness. Secondly, extremely crooked teeth are subject to forces that can crack the veneers. The dentist will prescribe another treatment if you have a severe dental misalignment.

You need a dental consultation before you can figure out whether you can get dental veneers or not. Communicate your expectations to the dentist so that they can help you get relevant dental cosmetic treatment. Dentists offer various cosmetic dentistry treatments for different people, depending on their circumstances.