Can a Porcelain Veneer Fix Your Tooth More Conservatively?

June 30, 2020

Whether your goal is to restore damage to your tooth structure or improve the appearance of your tooth and smile, one of the most important aspects of your treatment is the ability to keep it minimally invasive. That’s especially true for procedures that involve altering your natural tooth structure in preparation to restore it. For example, when a tooth is fractured or broken, one of the common solutions is to place a dental crown over it. However, in some cases, you may benefit from a more conservative porcelain veneer that can restore your tooth without needing as much preparation to its structure.

What porcelain veneers are designed for

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-designed restorations that are designed to be bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Each veneer is customized to closely mimic the size, shape, color, texture, and overall appearance of your tooth’s front surface, and is bonded permanently in place to completely restore the surface. Porcelain veneers are often recommended when cosmetic dental treatment involves improving the appearance of multiple teeth at once. Their ability to completely transform a tooth’s appearance can help simplify many patients’ smile makeover plans. Yet, the durable nature of porcelain veneers also makes them a viable option for restoring a tooth’s structural integrity, and their minimally invasive treatment can sometimes make them preferable over a larger dental crown.

The goal of minimally invasive treatment

Your healthy, natural tooth structure is worth preserving as much as possible, which is why your dental treatment should always focus on that goal. When it comes to restoring a tooth that’s damaged, this is especially important. The damaged part of the tooth needs to be restored in a way that doesn’t negatively impact the strength and integrity of the healthy tooth structure remaining. Because a porcelain veneer is designed to be placed on the front surface of your tooth, rather than completely around it, it may help you restore a tooth with a mild or moderate crack or break while helping you avoid having to modify most of the tooth’s structure.

Restoring teeth with custom veneers

The ability to successfully restore your tooth’s strength, integrity, and ability to function properly make veneers a viable option for many different tooth concerns. Much like a cosmetic smile makeover, veneers can also be appropriate for conditions that involve multiple teeth, such as teeth worn down by bruxism or slight misalignment of one or more teeth. To find out if veneers are the best solution for improving and restoring your smile, we’ll perform a comprehensive examination and consult with you personally about the advantages of minimally invasive treatment.

Learn if a porcelain veneer can fix your tooth

With a custom-designed porcelain veneer, many patients can fix their chipped, cracked, or lightly damaged teeth in a minimally invasive manner. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.

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