Dental veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile. But their application goes beyond aesthetics. For some patients, dental veneers might also help improve the function of their teeth or protect them from damage. A veneer is essentially a thin casing of porcelain bonded to the front of your tooth. Needless to say, they can be customized extensively in terms of their shape, size, and color. If you’ve ever wondered if dental veneers are right for you, consider these potential applications.
Dark or Stained Teeth
It should be said that many instances of stained or darkened teeth can be treated by a variety of whitening options. But some people have stains that are intrinsic—meaning they are not able to be removed by whitening. Tetracycline staining is an example of intrinsic staining.
Furthermore, some people’s teeth appear yellow due to thinning enamel, and others simply have naturally darker teeth. If any of these apply to you, veneers are a great way to change the color of your teeth while maintaining a natural appearance.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Although thin, dental veneers are generally quite strong, making them a good option for replacing broken or chipped teeth. The usual alternative to this situation may be bonding or a filling with tooth-colored material, but these types of fillings are often prone to chipping themselves and can stain over time.
Veneers on the other hand are a more permanent solution. They can also help prevent the teeth from chipping or fracturing even more as time goes on.
Crooked, Crowded, or Spaced Teeth
If you think orthodontics is the only solution for addressing teeth that aren’t perfectly straight, think again. Because the veneer process requires alteration of the tooth itself, the dentist can sometimes shape the tooth in a way that will allow for cementation of a veneer that is inherently different in alignment from the natural tooth.
For instance, if you have minor spacing between your front teeth, veneers can be designed to be somewhat wider than you natural tooth such that the gaps disappear. Similarly, if you have teeth that are slightly crowded or overlap one another, the teeth can be shaved down to make room for veneers that aligned correctly.
Regardless of what may be bothering you about the appearance of your teeth, veneers might just be the right choice for you. If you have any of the issues discussed here, ask your 31408 dentist if veneers can help.