The Philadelphia Dentist
Lee Schriftman, DDS

Why would someone not be a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Are you considering cosmetic dentistry in Northeast Philadelphia?

At The Philadelphia Dentist, we want you to enjoy excellent oral health and a bright, attractive smile. In many cases, people who are committed to a positive, lifelong relationship with their dentists also tend to have a clean and healthy smile. But even the most conscientious may suffer tooth damage or other dental health conditions that might warrant us to recommend a dental veneer.

However, the first step to any porcelain veneer treatment plan is to ensure you’re a good candidate. Not everyone can get a dental veneer right away, and our Philadelphia, PA, dentists are skilled at determining your candidacy. Here are a couple of essential things to know.

Your Teeth Must Be Free of Tooth Decay

Imagine you’re maintaining your car. If you need new brakes, your mechanic would never recommend getting a new paint job first. The same goes for your teeth. A porcelain veneer needs a healthy tooth structure on which to bond in order to remain secure. If you have unfilled cavities or diminished tooth enamel, our dentists will treat those conditions before offering dental veneers.

Your Smile May Be Better Enhanced with Non-Invasive Teeth Whitening

One benefit of dental veneers is their ability to cover stubborn tooth stains with a wholly fresh and new surface. However, some teeth stains may be impressively improved with a professional tooth whitening treatment at our Philadelphia dental office. For example, surface stains, also called extrinsic stains, are on top of your tooth enamel and so may respond better to the whitening compounds only dentists may use. Teeth whitening is non-invasive and also non-permanent, while dental veneers are neither.

If you’re interested in making your smile brighter and whiter, the team at The Philadelphia Dentist can help you determine which cosmetic dental treatment will work best for you. Reach out to your cosmetic dentist near me today. 

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