Dental veneers are popular cosmetic dentistry options for correcting minor physical and aesthetic issues with teeth. A veneer is a thin but strong piece of porcelain that is bonded to the front side of a tooth. They can be customized to match the color of teeth and improve the appearance of the smile.
The applications of dental veneers in cosmetic dentistry
Dental veneers are popular because they are usable in several treatments in cosmetic dentistry. They allow dentists to correct virtually every visible flaw that might be affecting teeth. However, in cases of severe structural issues resulting from trauma or disease (such as decay, breakage or fractures), patients will need to consider an option that offers more support, like a dental crown.
A discussion with a dentist is necessary to know if veneers will be suitable for a particular purpose. The following are common cosmetic dentistry treatments that involve the use of dental veneers.
A quick cup of coffee, a glass of red wine as well as certain types of foods all contribute to staining or discoloring teeth. Professional teeth whitening is an effective option to consider, but teeth will get stained again eventually. Patients who want to whiten their smile but do not want to keep going to the dentist for routine whitening can consider dental veneers. Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and therefore offer a more lasting way to whiten the teeth.
Fix minor orthodontic issues
Generally, treatments like braces and Invisalign® are used for teeth straightening or to close gaps between teeth, but if the issue is minor, the dentist can recommend veneers. It is vital to note that unlike traditional orthodontic treatments, veneers will not straighten or change the placement of teeth. They will make them look straighter quickly instead of actually straightening them over several months—even so, no one will be able to tell the difference.
Correct cosmetic flaws
Teeth can suffer damages at any time. A slight chip off a tooth may not be serious, but it could affect the appearance of your smile. The dentist can use veneers to smoothen chips and cover cracks. Aside from improving the look of the tooth, a veneer can prevent minor imperfections from worsening.
Replace tooth enamel
Tooth enamel is the toughest material in the body, but it is not invincible. Acidic foods, rigorous brushing and certain conditions can cause deterioration of the enamel. The enamel will not regrow once it is lost, leaving the tooth vulnerable to cavities and infection. Fortunately, veneers can be placed over the tooth enamel to protect it from further wear and tear.
Porcelain veneers are highly effective and popular for enhancing the smile’s appearance. You can make a tooth look straighter, whiter and hide whatever imperfection makes you uncomfortable with your smile. Have a discussion with your dentist to know if dental veneers are the best option for you. To get started, book an appointment for a consultation.
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