For patients with aesthetic and structural tooth imperfections, dental veneers are a common solution for improving the function and look of one’s smile. This restorative option involves attaching custom-designed shells, made from either composite materials or porcelain, over the front, visible portion of a tooth. For patients considering this solution to enhance the appearance of the teeth, there are several reasons to consider getting veneers.
Who should consider veneers?
For anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, veneers are a minimally invasive solution that often offers successful, beautiful results. While there a wide range of reasons why someone may be interested in this treatment, there are three major situations when it is commonly recommended.
1. Having chips or cracks in the teeth
Whether caused by an accident or due to weakened enamel, small chips and cracks can show on the teeth. Veneers are a potential solution is for superficial fissures, though not ideal for more severe fractures. The covers both enhance the appearance of the teeth and help strengthen them, preventing a larger issue from developing. Placing the porcelain or composite shell can also prevent decay and bacteria from entering through any small openings.
2. Wanting whiter, brighter teeth
For patients who desire whiter teeth, veneers can be used to cover existing discoloration. This treatment is especially effective for patients with deep, intrinsic tooth stains that can are difficult to remove with traditional bleaching methods. Some patients may have veneers placed on all or most of the teeth for a brighter smile.
When porcelain is used, these coverings are nonporous and highly resistant to staining from both food and chemicals. Even products that are common culprits for yellowing natural teeth, such as coffee or dark berries, are unlikely to tint veneers. Patients are often satisfied with the long-lasting, dramatic results this option offers. However, if any discoloration occurs over time, whitening products cannot be used to whiten the porcelain; instead, the veneers will need to be replaced.
3. Closing visible tooth gaps
Veneers do not have to match the original shape of a patient’s tooth and can be formed into a more desirable shape. For people with gaps between the teeth, the shells can be crafted slightly larger than the natural teeth to fill in the extra space. While veneers can be used on any teeth that have unattractive gaps, they are commonly used for the two upper front teeth.
This solution is often only used on smaller gaps where the natural teeth offer sufficient structural support. If a tooth is missing or the gap is too wide, the dentist may suggest other alternatives.
Whether patients have small cracks, discoloration, or gaps in the teeth, veneers are a viable option for addressing minor imperfections. If experiencing multiple cosmetic or structural issues, a dentist can discuss whether this solution can potentially tackle several problems at once, allowing patients to achieve a smile they are proud of.
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