You may have heard about the popularity of porcelain veneers for fixing dental issues. One essential fact you need to know is that veneers are simply a mask for aesthetic teeth problems that may affect your self-confidence. In most situations, they do not actually repair or modify the teeth but can improve their appearance.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells applied onto the front side of the tooth. Although porcelain is not the only material used for creating veneers, it is more durable and looks more natural. When you visit the dentist for your initial consultation, they will make molds of your teeth to create unique veneer shells for your teeth. The color will also be modified to appear natural and identical to the rest of the teeth. Due to the thinness of the veneer, only a small portion of the tooth will be shaved down to accommodate it.
Applications of dental veneers
Stained or discolored teeth
New teeth whitening technology and techniques are available to eliminate most stains from the teeth, but some discolorations are intrinsic (beneath the first enamel layer) and cannot be fixed easily. While this problem is entirely cosmetic and has no health implications, it can be socially embarrassing. People with discolored teeth usually try to hide their teeth’s imperfections when smiling or talking. Veneers can be applied on the teeth to cover the discoloration and give you a brighter and appealing smile. You can once again smile and talk confidently without feeling self-conscious.
Gaps between the teeth
Some believe a teeth gap, or diastema, is fashionable and brings good luck, but others disagree. The dentist can apply veneers to close up that gap between the teeth and make your dentition uniform.
Chipped or broken teeth
First, the broken or chipped tooth has to be repaired. However, if you want to restore the tooth back to its former state and hide all the repairs done on it, dental veneers can help you achieve that.
Skew or twisted teeth
Orthodontic treatment for straightening the teeth provides a lasting solution, but not everyone is eligible for orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers offer a faster solution. Although it simply masks the problem, it can be an alternative to living with a crooked smile. However, before getting veneers, consult with your dentist for suitable teeth straightening options. Orthodontic treatment is not only for kids; there are also options for adults who want to correct their crooked teeth discreetly.
Every set of teeth is unique, and treatment has to be personalized for the patient. If your teeth are imperfect and you believe dental veneers can help, consult your dentist for more details. The dental expert will discuss the procedure with you in detail and create a treatment plan specifically for you. The result will be a sparkling smile that you can proudly show off. Contact us today if you have any questions about dental veneers or any other dental procedures.
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