Can Porcelain Veneers Help Restore Worn and Broken Teeth?

Porcelain Veneers, when properly designed, can be used to restore worn and aged teeth.  This gentleman came in with a desire to improve his smile and to restore his worn teeth that gave an aging appearance.  The photos show the results of the smile makeover and how Dr. Konig’s smile design totally changed his appearance.

Worn, Aged, and Broken Teeth

Healthy, Youthful, and Attractive Smile

Dr. Konig explains, “No two smile designs should be the same, everyone is an individual and the smile should be designed for that individual”.

Worn and Aged Smile

Worn Teeth Restored and a healthy
and attractive smile

There are Numerous Factors that Need to be Considered in a Smile Makeover:

1) The bite or the way the teeth meet together (TMJ issues should be addressed at this phase if applicable)

2) Size and Shape of the teeth

3) Proportions of the teeth to each other

4) Layering and design of porcelain shading

5) Translucency

6) Texture and glaze of the veneers

The bite is extremely important as it will be related to the longevity of the veneers.  The veneers should also have their size and shape follow the patient’s lip line. Many patients often express they have seen other veneers that are too thick and too big or even like a chiclet.  Veneers do not have to look like this.  Correctly designed veneers can have a lifelike and vital appearance.  It is up to the dentist to design the veneers that fit the patient and this includes the thickness and width of each veneer and with each veneer in relationship with the adjacent teeth.

Another important variable is the layering of the porcelain, multiple shades are often used to create a natural and attractive veneer.  Some patients like the translucency that we can incorporate into the veneers to give a more natural porcelain veneer esthetic effect.  Others prefer a whiter design.

All these factors should be considered to design a smile with porcelain veneers that is appropriate for the individual and to fulfill their own desires and objectives.

If you have any questions regarding Houston Cosmetic Dentistry or Houston Porcelain Veneers, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289.

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