Cosmetic dentistry is growing in both popularity and acceptance. More and more people are beginning to realize that cosmetic dental treatments and procedures aren’t just about vanity or even appearance, but can in fact improve functionality and quality of life for the patient. While there are a variety of cosmetic dental options available, dental veneers are a common and effective solution for many of us. With so many potential patients asking what dental veneers can do for them, we thought we’d explore its potential as they apply to some common situations.
What are Dental Veneers?
As the name suggests, a veneer or thin outer layer applied to a natural tooth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental veneers are permanently attached to the tooth or teeth in question. Here’s the basic procedure: a thin ceramic or porcelain outer layer is formed to match the desired shape, color, and spacing of the natural tooth. The natural tooth is then also shaped, with the enamel carefully ground away to accept the veneer. When all that is complete, the dental veneer is installed in place with a strong dental adhesive.
Dental veneers are a permanent feature, as we’ve said. With proper care, a good dental veneer should last a lifetime.
What Can Fix?
Dental veneers are a simple, easy-to-install solution that goes into a place with minimal discomfort to the patient. They’re also quite versatile and can be used to address a wide variety of cosmetic and functional issues affecting natural teeth. These most commonly include the following:
- Broken or Chipped Teeth: As we go through life, our teeth sometimes accrue wear, tear, and damage so dental veneers are often a great solution to minor surface issues. For teeth with unsightly chips or abrasions, they can restore look, feel, and function.
- Discolored or Stained Teeth: Just like with physical damage, use and misuse can result in staining, discoloring, or just age-related yellowing of the teeth. If these stains prove to be too stubborn for a whitening treatment, a dental veneer can bring back the white, shiny smile you love.
- Misspaced Teeth: Sometimes teeth don’t come in properly, resulting in problematic or unsightly gaps between the teeth. Dental veneers may offer a simple solution, with the new outer layer filling in the gap and restoring the desired appearance.
- Mis-sized Teeth: While not a common problem, sometimes teeth just naturally develop at too small a size. Dental veneers can give them the same outer appearance as the natural teeth around them, and help with both form and function.
- Pointy or Overly-Sharp Teeth: Looking like Dracula might have been cool in middle school, but it’s not a desired trait for many adults. A dental veneer can give pointy or sharp teeth a friendly, more appropriate appearance.
There are other uses for dental veneers, but these are the most common and often the most beneficial. As you can see, it’s not always about looks and vanity–dental veneers help with form, function, and comfort. If you’re interested in dental veneers, get in touch today. We’ll make an appointment, discuss your options, and get you on the road to your best possible smile!