Important Information about Dental Veneers . . . and What They Can Be Used For

18 August 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Given that there are so many different types of dental cosmetic treatments that are available today, it can be challenging to know when veneers would be the most appropriate to improve your teeth. Fortunately, once you understand what veneers are, it is easier to see how they can be used. It is important to remember that they are permanent, so be sure that you are completely familiar with dental veneers before committing to them.

Dental Veneers Are a Restorative Procedure That Can Be Used for Cosmetic Reasons 

Veneers are unique in that they are restorative procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of a functional and healthy tooth. Specifically, the veneer consists of a very thin layer of material that is shaded to match the color of your teeth (or the color you wish to have). It is attached to the front part of the tooth after the tooth has been properly prepared.

To prepare a healthy tooth for a veneer, a dentist may permanently change its length, size, and/or shape. The process often includes filing it down to provide a rough texture. The color may also be changed, particularly if the tooth is stained or discolored. The procedure cannot be started, if gum disease, infection, cavities or other dental problems exist.

Veneers Protect Your Teeth from Damage

It is important to note that veneers always improve the appearance of a tooth. However, that is not always the primary reason for their use. In some instances, it is appropriate to use a veneer as a way to provide extra protection against new damage. 

Common examples of that need include:

  • Teeth grinding (from TMJ, stress, etc.)   
  • Continued use of medication that is likely to impact the color of your teeth
  • Uneven teeth that will continue to worsen ( due to genetics, health problems, etc.)                      

Veneers Cover Gaps, Cracks, Uneven Areas and other Embarrassing Problems

Veneers are often best known for their ability to provide a consistency among your teeth, contributing to a more brilliant smile. Because they are so thin and custom made for each tooth, they give you the smile you have always dreamed of.

They are placed over the gaps, cracks, uneven enamel and other problems that may have compelled you to smile with your mouth closed for too long. The standard wear and tear that is common to mature adults can be cleverly repaired with the use of a tiny, perfect veneer over your teeth. 

If you would like to get veneers, speak with a cosmetic dentist such as Aaron G Birch, DDS PC to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.