Dr. Alan Kratenstein earned his DDS at the New York University College of Dentistry. With more than two decades of practice experience, Dr. Alan Kratenstein provides comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry can provide a second chance for a patient to love their smile again. One particular cosmetic dentistry procedure is dental veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain shaped and then bonded to the front side of a tooth. There are several reasons a person might consider porcelain veneers. One of the most common is because their teeth are severely stained. Because many dark stains can’t be treated with tooth whitening methods, veneers are a good alternative, as they will conceal the stains and restore the tooth’s natural appearance.
Another application of veneers is to correct cosmetic imperfections such as cracks, chips, or even misshapen teeth. Although these and other defects can often be concealed using this procedure, not everyone is an ideal candidate.
You must have good overall dental health and oral hygiene practices to be considered a good candidate for veneers. Grinding and clenching of the teeth can lead to the damage of veneers, as can other unhealthy oral practices.