Dental veneers help improve your smile by covering your teeth with a thin layer of porcelain. They are an effective way to transform the appearance of your front teeth without the need for more extensive dental work. Veneers treat a variety of conditions, but they aren't suitable for all dental problems. Here are some situation where veneers might help you.
Your Teeth Are Permanently Discolored
If your teeth don't respond to the usual whitening products, then veneers can help. Sometimes teeth are a dark color because of medications taken in childhood. In that case, the way to make them white is to cover them. Veneers are perfect for this. You pick out the color you want and the dentist creates the custom shell that adheres to the surface of your current teeth. The result is a white smile that looks natural.
A Tooth Is Slightly Rotated
Veneers won't help teeth that are out of alignment because they don't do anything to reposition your teeth. However, if you have a tooth that is slightly rotated, a veneer may be able to help. To apply the veneer, your dentist shaves off a thin layer of enamel and in doing so can remove part of the rotated tooth that sticks out too far. Then, when the veneer is applied, the tooth has a new appearance thanks to the shape of the outer shell.
You Have A Chip Or A Gap
Veneers can be used to cover a part of a tooth that is missing. If you have a gap between your front teeth, the dentist can close that gap by putting on veneers that are a little wider than your natural teeth. Chips on the bottom of your teeth can be covered in the same way because your tooth takes on the appearance of the shell, which covers all imperfections.
Your Teeth Are Uneven
Your front teeth may be uneven with some teeth shorter than the others. Your dentist might be able to correct this condition by applying veneers on the short teeth to make them the same length as the longer ones. You can have a veneer put on just one tooth or they can be applied to all your front teeth for a uniform appearance that brightens your smile and evens out your teeth.
Veneers are a good choice for these procedures because all that's needed to apply them is to remove a thin layer of enamel before cementing the veneers in place. Alternatives include partial dentures or crowns that would be more expensive and harm your natural teeth in the process. If your smile bothers you because of minor imperfections, then veneers might be able to help.
Consult your local dentist (Advanced Family Dental Care LLC is a good one) for more information.