I’m making plans to get a smile makeover with porcelain veneers. I don’t want to make any mistakes and wondered what I should be thinking about before moving forward. Any suggestions?
Congrats on your plans for a smile makeover. With the right dentist, you’ll love the results. You are wise to see what needs to be thought through before starting on your porcelain veneers. I’ll give you three important considerations.
Make Sure Your Teeth and Gums are Healthy
Porcelain veneers are designed to improve the cosmetics of your teeth. They cannot improve the health of them. It is absolutely imperative you start with healthy teeth and gums.
If you have any developing gum disease, there will be inflammation. The gums will pull away from the teeth leaving a ridge between the gumline and porcelain veneers. This “shelf” will collect food and bacteria causing you to get decay.
If you have gum disease, that is priority number one. When the teeth are healthy, then they will be cleared to be beautiful as well.
Check Out the Dentist’s Smile Gallery
You want to be certain the dentist has the requisite skills to give you the smile you are dreaming of sharing with the world. One important way to do that is to check out their smile gallery.
This is an exhibit, usually on their website, showcasing work they’ve done. Be sure to ask the office if their smile gallery shows examples of work the dentist did personally or is stock photos.
The smile results they get should blow you away. If they don’t, look elsewhere. You want a smile you’ll be completely proud of.
Make Certain They Stand Behind Their Work
There’s nothing worse than sub-par smile makeovers. Some even end up with a smile makeover disaster. They should have the confidence and integrity to have some form of beautiful smile guarantee.
This will mean that before they bond on your porcelain veneers, they do a try-in with a temporary paste and let you look at them in a variety of lightings. If you’re not thrilled, they should be willing to send them back to the lab to make any changes you want.
If they’re not willing to stand behind their work like that then you shouldn’t trust them with your smile makeover.
This blog is brought to you by Michigan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Susan Dennis.