I have always wanted to have a more improved, more natural looking smile. I have intended all this time to use porcelain veneers to achieve my dream smile. However, I’m wondering if this is the best route. I’m a local political figure and I know that a great smile makes a wonderful impression. My teeth are in bad shape and I know I want to improve my smile, but I’m concerned with how they/I will be perceived. I’m concerned they will look too perfect and be noticeable. I just want something that looks nice and natural but is not too showy. I just want to look like an average gentleman who takes pride in his health and appearance. Can I reach this goal with porcelain veneers or are there other alternatives to consider?
The majority of patients who receive porcelain veneers do so because they desire the “Hollywood look.” In other words, they want the perfectly straight teeth and gleaming white smile. However, this isn’t the best fit for everyone. When this type of work is done by a skilled cosmetic dentist, the teeth look very natural, even if you choose to go the bright and straight route. You can also have them made to look a little less showy, by adding small defects such as a darker shade, a slight misshaping, or other options to add character are all possible. Often, when smile makeovers occur for reasons such as this, the shape of the tooth is typically what is changed. For example, boxier teeth seem to have a more masculine look, which conveys a sense of strength and stamina and is good for photos. Longer teeth portray a more youthful appearance. If you decide the veneers aren’t the route you want to go, the only other alternative for the type of look you desire is cosmetic bonding, but you won’t have as much durability. Your best option is to choose a dentist in your area who is known for his or her cosmetic work. Then share your goals with him or her. Dentists who do work like this on a frequent basis are like artists. They account for your goals and then let you know what options are the best to give you the smile you are wanting.
This blog post was provided by the office of Enfield porcelain veneer dentist, Dr. William Cummiskey.