The most noticeable part of our smile is our front teeth. They can set the tone for our entire smile – crooked or straight, embarrassing or brilliant, timid or confident. Some people believe that certain shapes of front teeth predict our personality traits, such as being stubborn, impulsive, or lucky. There’s even a children’s song about our cultural obsession with our “two front teeth.” With so much riding on these two teeth alone, it’s no surprise that many people are choosing to have porcelain veneers placed on their front teeth – the superstars of your smile. Perhaps your front teeth are tilted inward, have a gap between them, or became chipped in an accident. Or maybe your front teeth have simply worn down over the years and look flat and aged. These concerns and many others can be corrected by Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom in Livingston. In this blog post, we discuss how porcelain veneers on the front teeth can transform your smile and why they might be the right option for you. What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Correct? Our front teeth are exposed to different types of stress than our molars are. Veneers can correct several cosmetic defects, but for patients with multiple cracks or substantial erosion, veneers may be a necessary protective treatment. Some of the common cosmetic and medical reasons for porcelain veneers on the front teeth include: chipped or broken teeth crooked or misaligned teeth discolored teeth that haven’t responded to whitening treatments teeth that are too short or too long irregularly shaped teeth worn-down teeth or enamel erosion gaps between teeth minor bite issues Which Shape and Size Are Best for Me? For veneers to look natural, the length and width need to be just right, especially on the front teeth. Typically, your dentist will have you relax your jaw and open your mouth slightly in order to see how much of your front teeth are visible between your lips. When smiling, the edges of all your upper front teeth should follow the shape of your lower lip. This shape means that your teeth are in good alignment with each other and fill out entire your smile. When designing your veneers, your dentist will ensure they are the correct size and shape to complement your face and smile. An experienced cosmetic dentist will know the standard proportion of tooth width to height that is considered ideal in cosmetic dentistry and then customize your veneers to the appropriate size and shape. Your dentist might also provide a “mock-up” of your veneers that you can try on, or he or she may create an image using cosmetic dental simulation. With a mock-up or simulation, you’ll be able to see just how fantastic you’ll look after the treatment. What Is Involved in the Treatment? Each mouth is unique, and a smile analysis during your consultation will help us assess your concerns and determine what actions are needed. After your consultation, your teeth will be prepped for the veneers. Less than 1mm of tooth enamel will be removed in order to make room for the veneer; the amount of tooth reduction will depend on the original tooth position, tooth condition, and desired outcome. Then, we will take an impression of your teeth and provide the model to our on-site ceramist, who will carefully create your custom-made veneers. Unlike most dentists, who will mail your dental impression to a laboratory, we oversee the creation of the veneers under our own roof. Once your custom porcelain veneers have been created, we will test them for proper fit and accuracy. Then, the veneers will be placed onto your teeth with a powerful bonding agent. With basic care, veneers can last for decades. What Benefits Can I Expect? At The Silverstrom Group, we consider your smile as part of your overall wellbeing. Our goal is not only to restore the shape and esthetics of your front teeth but also to improve comfort, function, speech, and health. We use the highest-quality dental porcelain to ensure that the result is gorgeous, strong, and long-lasting. Modern dental porcelain looks remarkably natural by mimicking the light-reflecting properties of tooth enamel, and the color can be matched to your surrounding teeth. Plus, because porcelain is more stain resistant than resin, your veneers will be low maintenance and camera-ready for years to come. Schedule an Appointment If you’re interested in improving your smile with porcelain veneers, the first step is scheduling a consultation to discuss your needs and goals. The success of porcelain veneers depends highly on the experience level of the cosmetic dentist. To learn more about our porcelain veneer options, talk to your Livingston, NJ dentists today. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will decide if veneers are the best way to reinvent your smile. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345.