Are There Alternatives To Porcelain Veneers?
When it comes to making over your entire smile, porcelain veneers are the way to go. Porcelain veneers are thin shells, bonded to the outer surfaces of your teeth to hide imperfections, to protect chipped and cracked teeth, and to make them look more attractive in length, shape, and uniformity.
But not everyone is a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers, so other alternatives may have to be considered. Dr. Arellano in San Francisco is experienced in many cosmetic dentistry techniques. He will discuss the other possibilities that may be appropriate for those patients who would like to use porcelain veneers to correct dental concerns but for whom veneers may not be the best choice.
Porcelain veneers are often used to improve the appearance of misaligned or crooked teeth. Dr. Arellano can adjust the shape, size, color, and spacing of your teeth by placing expertly crafted and fitted veneers. But for those who have significant over-crowding or bite problems, other alternatives such as orthodontics may be a better consideration. Two main options are available when it comes to orthodontics – traditional metal braces, or clear braces such as Invisalign. Both are sound and affordable alternatives to porcelain veneers for those situations.
Dental bonding can also be an effective substitute for porcelain veneers. Dental bonding involves the use of a composite resin which is applied to a damaged, misshapen, or misaligned tooth. This putty-like material is shaped to cover a cracked or injured tooth, improving the appearance and adding stability.
If you are considering porcelain veneers to remedy stained or discolored teeth, a simple in-office teeth whitening session may also do the trick. Teeth whitening procedures can brighten your teeth several shades whiter in one office visit – a great, economical way to improve your smile in a single day!
If you live in the San Francisco area and are considering porcelain veneers, call Dr. Arellano today. Schedule a consultation appointment to find out if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, or if you might consider one of the other options.