A smile that causes embarrassment is one way to bring a person down in most areas of life. It’s hard to enjoy talking, eating, laughing, or other activities if you’re hesitant to show your teeth. One way that cosmetic dentistry can change your smile is with dental veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are extremely thin shells that are adhered to the fronts of your teeth to cover problems. They hide problems that might make you embarrassed or uncomfortable about your smile. Veneers don’t require extensive tooth reshaping and are customized to your specific teeth.
What are the benefits of getting veneers?
Providing a natural appearance, veneers give you a whole new smile. The color may be chosen to either match your real teeth or give you a whiter look. Porcelain is the most common material for veneers, and it resists future stains. Also, gums are usually not irritated by contact with the porcelain. Veneers are a long-lasting, durable solution.
What problems can veneers help?
Dentists recommend veneers for patients with issues such as these:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stains or discoloration from foods, medications, and personal habits
- Worn down teeth from overuse
- Uneven, misaligned, or misshapen teeth
Who is not a candidate for veneers?
Dental veneers aren’t the best solution for everyone. Your dentist may advise against veneers if you have any of the following conditions:
- Untreated tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Insufficient tooth structure or enamel due to excessive wear or large fillings which won’t allow the veneers to attach properly
- Teeth grinding habit which can cause the irreparable veneers to break