Porcelain veneers are designed to conceal the imperfections of your teeth and beautiful your smile. Every smile makeover is different, though, and some patients may need more or fewer porcelain veneers to get the perfect smile they’re looking for. It all depends on how many teeth show when you smile naturally and what kind of changes you want to make to your smile.
The most common application of porcelain veneers is across the top eight front teeth. This smile makeover builds a full smile that is broad, even, and symmetrical. The veneers conceal your original teeth and make up the bulk of your smile, covering the areas that are revealed when you smile or talk.
More Than Eight
Now, if you have a very wide smile, you will need to consider treating a few additional teeth, or at least address them with cosmetic bonding. What you don’t want are bright white veneers contrasted against discolored molars in the corners of your smile. The bigger your smile, the more teeth that must be addressed.
Some patients may only get one porcelain veneer if they have a prominent chipped or broken tooth. There are other dental restorations that can work just as well, so it’s important to discuss all options with your NYC cosmetic dentist. A porcelain crown or onlay may be a better solution.
In the case of many veneer smile makeovers, patients will have veneers applied to their top teeth and get professional teeth whitening on their bottom teeth. What often happens, though, is that patients love their top veneers so much they opt to have their bottom teeth completed soon too for a thorough new smile.
Your dentist will also have to review the condition of your bottom teeth before this solution is a go – some teeth can’t be whitened, so you may need to match bottom and top veneers for a complete smile.
The Role of Veneers
All veneers have the same job: to cover up flaws and create a flawless smile. Whether teeth are broken, discolored, chipped, small, or gapped, veneers get that work done. Remember though that the front of your smile is not the only thing people see. If they look at you from the side, will your teeth be flattering from that angle, or will they stand out as teeth that didn’t get any smile makeover love?
The best choice is to add veneers to as many teeth as possible, so your smile is beautiful all around. Remember that it’s not just whiter teeth you’re getting, but flawless ones in every respect – shape, size, length, width, and color.
Your Unique Porcelain Veneers
If you work with the right Midtown cosmetic dentist, he will carefully review your entire smile to see how many teeth show when you smile and how many teeth need to be treated. The right cosmetic dentist won’t let you emerge from his office without a complete smile makeover.
Ready to learn more about porcelain veneers? Schedule a consultation to discuss your smile makeover with Dr. Michael J. Wei, Midtown cosmetic dentist, or submit a Smile Virtual video consultation from the comfort of your own home.