Although it may be tempting to give in to that cosmetic dentist who is trying to convince you to skip all of the complicated orthodontic treatment and simply get veneers to cover up all issues, don’t be fooled. Veneers are all well and good and certainly give a new brightness and shine to a smile, but are they really correcting the source of the problem? The answer, quite simply, is no.
Before receiving veneers, it is essential to ensure that your tooth and gum health is where it should be. Ignoring the actual problems will only result in later issues and expense. Porcelain veneers are designed to make the teeth look whiter and healthier and can even be used to straighten slightly crooked teeth but, when it comes to orthodontic diseases, issues, or severely misaligned teeth, veneers are not the immediate answer.
Before any veneers NYC procedure is attempted, the first order of business is to make sure that the patient is not currently suffering from any infection or any other dental emergency, such as the immediate need for the removal of a loose tooth. Dental infections and conditions may include abscesses, pulpitis, and of course the most common form of dental malady, periodontal disease.
After any emergencies have been addressed, it will be necessary for the dentist to treat any periodontal disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis before starting the veneer procedure. Periodontal disease affects the gums and can lead to serious gum erosion that at some point could affect the foundation of the teeth causing them to become loose. Without healthy gums, veneers should never be attempted. There is no benefit to adding veneers to a tooth that might soon be lost to periodontitis if left untreated.
Dental cavities are yet another common form of dental issue that must be addressed prior to the use of veneers. Any professional dentist or orthodontist will require you to have all decay removed before even considering veneers. After all of the decay has been removed, the next step is to determine whether veneers will allow appropriate coverage of the now incomplete tooth. Depending on the extent of the damage that was done by the decay, the orthodontist may recommend the use of a crown as opposed to veneers so as to maximize the coverage of the area. Also, keep in mind that teeth with veneers are still prone to dental cavities in the future.
Additionally, while porcelain veneers can be great at eliminating the appearance of stains on teeth as well as helping to straighten mildly crooked teeth, they are not designed for teeth that are seriously misaligned. Therefore, before having veneers placed on the teeth, it is important that crooked teeth be corrected with orthodontic aligners such as Invisalign. After the position of the teeth has been corrected, a cosmetic dentist can then be consulted regarding the use of veneers.
Porcelain veneers can be very beneficial in correcting cosmetic issues with the teeth. However, remember that the first priority is to ensure tooth and gum health. Make sure that any dentist or orthodontist you work with acknowledges the importance of addressing dental health before attempting a veneer procedure.
Authored by the leading celebrity orthodontist for NYC Dr. Joseph T. Hung, an expert in clear braces and Invisalign orthodontics.