I have been wanting porcelain veneers for years to improve my smile. But, I was just told that I’m not a porcelain veneers candidate. I’m so sad because I have been saving up for this treatment. Do I have any other options?
-Jen in Kansas
Don’t lose hope just yet on your porcelain veneers dream. Here are some tips to consider:
Talk With Another Cosmetic Dentist
You didn’t mention why you were told that you are not a porcelain veneers candidate. There could be many reasons for it and it could even be that the dentist you met with wasn’t experienced or comfortable placing porcelain veneers. Some general dentists are in over their heads and would rather send you on a different path because they don’t want to do them. So, it’s time to seek a second opinion from another reputable cosmetic dentist in your area. Then, you will know for sure.
Make a Plan
When a patient is not a porcelain veneers candidate, it usually comes down to these common reasons.
- Periodontal disease – This can be remedied with proper at-home care and possibly increased cleanings.
- Grinding teeth – Night grinding is known as bruxism, which is also very treatable. A simple night guard will protect your teeth, any restorations and your jaw.
- Misaligned teeth – Again, misaligned teeth is treatable. Orthodontics or Invisalign may take care of this problem. Then, when your teeth are re-positioned, you may very well be a porcelain veneers candidate.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
If indeed it is determined that porcelain veneers are not an option for you that doesn’t mean you don’t have other options. Find the right cosmetic dentist for you and discuss your concerns. Chips, minor spacing issues, discoloration or other issues can still be remedied with a different treatment plan. For example, dental bonding or teeth whitening may help improve your smile too. The key is finding an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Find the Right Cosmetic Dentist
We touched on it earlier, not just any dentist can do beautiful cosmetic dentistry. In order to create beautiful work, a dentist must be passionate about creating beauty. Also, they need to pursue extensive training beyond dental school. Trust is the most important factor. When you are interviewing a cosmetic dentist, learn about their credentials, discuss your options for treatment, ask to see cases that are similar to yours. With a little upfront research, you will find the dentist that is right for you. Something to look for is an affiliation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This will demonstrate the dentist’s interest and commitment to cosmetic dentistry.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS