Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a popular and effective solution for many kinds of problems affecting the teeth. You may be considering veneers to brighten and whiten discolored or stained teeth, transform crooked or chipped teeth or make your smile look more balanced. Veneers are a great treatment for these and other issues.

People who are good candidates for dental veneers have generally good dental health. The thin porcelain shells can be used to correct a variety of minor to moderate issues, like small stains, chips or spaces between the teeth.

Dental veneers may not be the best treatment option for people with gum disease, including gingivitis, severe misalignment, tooth decay or major cracks because the veneers must be adhered to healthy teeth. People who clench or grind their teeth may also not be good candidates for veneers because, although durable, veneers can chip or break from the force of grinding over time. People who only grind their teeth at night may still be good candidates for veneers if they wear a mouthguard while sleeping.

Finally, people who have lost a significant amount of enamel or tooth structure should speak with their dentists about alternative solutions to veneers. Only teeth with a healthy structure can support veneers, and the porcelain shells bond to tooth enamel.

Veneers are an especially good treatment option for people who have multiple dental problems to resolve. Instead of pursuing many different treatments to address broken, chipped, misaligned, discolored or uneven teeth, cosmetic dentists can treat all these issues at one time using veneers. The result is a beautiful, long-lasting smile that looks and feels just like natural teeth.


As leading Alexandria dentists for dental veneers, Alexandria Dental Care strives to deliver the smile you want and deserve.

By Dr. Nhien Lu

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