Porcelain Veneers Expectations
Denver and Lakewood, Colorado
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations for your outcome when you get porcelain veneers. When you truly understand what can realistically be accomplished, you are much more likely to be satisfied with the results.
At your initial consultation, Denver cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Greenhalgh will provide you with detailed information regarding your porcelain veneers procedure so that you can weigh each factor affecting your results before deciding whether to move forward.
Imaging Tools to Guide your Expectations
Dr. Greenhalgh uses the following imaging tools to help you get a clearer picture of what your smile will look like with porcelain veneers:
A wax up is a three dimensional replica of your new smile. Dr. Greenhalgh will take an impression of your teeth, discuss your desired changes with you, and send the impression to a dental lab where your wax replica will be constructed. Once your wax up is completed, you will be able to preview your results. Your wax up will help you better understand what can be achieved through your procedure, and it enables Dr. Greenhalgh to more accurately accomplish your aesthetic goals.
Smile-Vision is a computer generated simulation of what your smile will look like after your porcelain veneers procedure. Dr. Greenhalgh will take a digital photo of your smile. This photo is sent to the Smile-Vision lab, where your computer generated simulation is created. Once completed, your Smile-Vision simulation will give you a realistic view of the outcome of your procedure.
Factors to Consider when Getting Porcelain Veneers
Usually, more of your smile shows than you realize, and as a result, the beauty of your smile stems from more than just your front teeth. Therefore, it is important to look at your side teeth and a broader profile when evaluating the impact of your smile. Dr. Greenhalgh will recommend the appropriate number of veneers to ensure that your new smile looks its best from every angle.
In general, porcelain veneers can be used to alter the following aspects of your teeth:
- How much of your smile shows
However, it is important to understand that porcelain veneers will not be able to achieve beautiful aesthetics with all teeth. In general, teeth that have a lot of fillings in them are better candidates for dental crowns than porcelain veneers. In particular, teeth with silver fillings are not well-suited for porcelain veneers because when tooth structure is removed to prepare your tooth for a veneer, the dark color of the silver filling could show through.
If you grind your teeth heavily, it is important to discuss this with Dr. Greenhalgh before getting porcelain veneers. They are a very durable restoration, but within reason. Heavy tooth grinding can potentially break your veneers over time.
It is also important to be aware of the different characteristics associated with each brand of veneers. Certain brands such as Lumineers tend to only come in one color, so if you choose the wrong brand, your porcelain veneers can end up looking fake. Therefore, it is important to work with a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Greenhalgh who has the experience needed to ensure a natural looking result for your procedure.
Please contact our Denver cosmetic dentist today to schedule your initial porcelain veneers consultation. Dr. Greenhalgh serves patients in Denver and Lakewood, Colorado.