Porcelain veneers can make a big difference in changing the look and feel of your teeth - but not all veneers are created equally. While you may think that any veneer is better than no veneer, this isn’t always true. After all, if you’re making the investment in your smile, doesn’t it make sense to do the job right the first time? Don’t settle for mediocre or bad veneers if you don’t have to!
Curious about what sets a good veneer apart from a bad veneer? Here’s what you should know before taking the plunge into porcelain veneers.
You’d think it goes without saying that a good fit makes all the difference when it comes to veneers, but a good fit can mean a lot of things. First, you want to make sure the veneers fit the teeth well and don’t look crooked or awkward on the tooth. Equally important is how the shape and size of the veneer fits your face. You don’t want a veneer that is too big for your smile or that doesn’t match the size and shape of the rest of your teeth.
When it comes to porcelain veneers, layering refers to the way your dentist places the thin layers of porcelain on top of each other to create a more natural look. Layering porcelain allows your dentist to customize the color of your veneer to better match the rest of your teeth.
One of the reasons layering is so important is color gradation. What is color gradation? Well, have you ever seen someone with a blindingly white smile that just looks fake? Or how about someone whose teeth aren’t blindingly white, but almost have a gray hue to them? Most likely that person has veneers - bad veneers. What makes them so bad is there’s no color gradation. Look at your teeth in the mirror. Are they all one color? Chances are they’re not; in fact, even the most naturally white teeth are usually a little darker at the gum line. Ignoring that detail can make your veneers look very fake.
How They Fit at the Gum Line
Another important detail about veneers is how they fit at the gum line. Have you ever seen someone whose teeth looked like they were bulging away from the gums? That’s most likely due to a bad fit. To have a good fit, your veneers need to blend seamlessly with the gums. They should sit slightly under the gum line, not on top of it or at it. This is a dead giveaway that your veneers aren’t natural, and if they don’t look natural, what’s the point in having them?
How the Shape Influences the Bite
Last, even the best, most natural-looking veneer can still be a bad veneer if your dentist isn’t mindful of how the shape of your veneer influences your bite. This may not be obvious to someone else looking at your smile, but you’ll definitely notice if your veneers knock your teeth out of alignment. This can mean uneven wear, breakage, jaw pain, teeth grinding and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
If you’re ready to let Dr. Abelar customize a life-changing smile for you with the help of porcelain veneers, please call his office for a consultation at 858-866-9692.