Your smile says a lot about you. The first impression you give at a job interview, audition, or professional meeting can make a huge difference. Don’t let your teeth hold you back. If you’re struggling with less than ideal teeth and don’t love your smile, veneers might be the answer you are looking for.
What is a Dental Veneer?
Veneers are alternatively termed “dental veneers” or “dental porcelain laminates”. They are a wafer-thin, custom-made shell designed to cover the front surface of your teeth.
These thin shells are bonded to the front of your existing teeth. Veneers can be used to treat chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth. Some people may only get one veneer in the case of a broken or chipped tooth, but others get between six to eight veneers in order to create a stunning smile. Dental veneers are only meant to make minor changes to restore the shape, size, and color of the existing front and occasionally back teeth.
What Problems Can A Veneer Fix?
Veneers are routinely used to fix a variety of issues including the following:
- Discolored teeth: You may have discolored teeth due to a root canal, excessive fluoride, large fillings, drug use, or stains. If the discoloration is minor, veneers can give you a beautifully clean surface and the appearance of brand new pearly whites.
- Worn down teeth: Sometimes you will have teeth that are more worn down than others around it, causing them to appear smaller or misshapen. Veneers can restore the original size and shape of your teeth.
- Teeth that are chipped or broken: If you chip or break a tooth due to an injury, you may use a veneer to repair the tooth back to full form, making your smile beautiful again.
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped: Sometimes you may have a tooth that doesn’t line up with an adjacent tooth, is smaller or larger than the surrounding teeth, or one that sits forward or behind its surrounding teeth. In many situations, veneers can align the teeth and provide symmetry to eliminate the previously noticeable difference.
- Gaps in teeth: Veneers are sometimes used to close the space between teeth and create a seamless and congruent smile.