Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change their color, shape, size or length. Veneers are a popular choice to address cosmetic concerns including chipped, broken, and discolored teeth or for a gap between teeth.
Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also boast protective qualities, including durability and the need for little tooth structure, particularly compared to crowns. Although the purpose of veneers is generally cosmetic, you may have them as part of treatment for gum disease. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
What Issues Can Veneers Address?
Dental veneers can be considered for the following concerns:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped teeth or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- To align the front teeth without braces
In the case of a broken or chipped tooth, you may only get one veneer, but many people get between six to eight veneers in order to create an even, symmetrical smile. The eight top front teeth are where veneers are most commonly applied.
The only way to determine if dental veneers are right for you is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then examine your teeth and give you their recommended treatment plan.
Common Types of Veneers
Veneers are often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials that are permanently bonded to your teeth. Today’s technology allows veneers to be made so thin they can sometimes be bonded directly onto your existing tooth’s surface. Once bonded to your teeth, veneers create an aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking new surface. Like natural tooth enamel, the veneer is both translucent and tough, but it does not stain. Your dentist will help you choose the right veneer material for you. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
How Can I Get The Smile of My Dreams?
Transform how you feel about your smile with dental veneers. Schedule a consultation today to find the treatment that is right for you. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.