When are Veneers the Best Option?

Do you envy the picture-perfect smiles of celebrities and public figures? What if you knew those perfect smiles are often the result of veneers? This dental procedure can provide a perfectly even, straight and white appearance, even if the underlying tooth is broken or misshapen. Typically made of thin porcelain or sometimes composite material, veneers are bonded to the surface of your tooth after being custom designed for your unique needs. Veneers can cover one tooth or several, correcting a variety of common cosmetic complaints.

What are the Advantages of Veneers?

As an incredibly versatile dental treatment, veneers are recommended for a wide variety of issues and treatment needs. They’re also less invasive than many procedures, while addressing everything from natural gaps and undesired tooth shape to chipped, broken or severely discolored teeth.

Because your veneers are designed uniquely for you, you’re able to confidently correct things you don’t like about your smile in a way that looks natural and beautiful. No one will be able to tell the difference between veneers and your natural teeth, no matter how many teeth are corrected. Because they’re bonded to your natural teeth in as-is condition, you also never have to worry about drilling or shaping, which can damage your own teeth. You just brush and floss normally, no special attention or regular maintenance required.

Things to Consider About Veneers

To make informed decisions about your care, you’ll also need to familiarize yourself with some common drawbacks or complaints about veneers to determine whether they’re right for you.

Unlike natural teeth, veneers will never discolor. This means one or two veneers will remain pearly white as neighboring teeth potentially discolor over time, making them more prominent. This can be prevented, of course, by maintaining your oral health and keeping regular cleaning appointments with your dentist.

Veneers may also be less than ideal for patients who grind their teeth, habitually chew ice or bite their nails. Porcelain is a relatively delicate material, and it can be cracked or chipped a bit more easily than a full crown. Similarly, patients with a history of gum disease or enamel weakening may want to consider other options, as teeth can decay while under a veneer.

In the end, only you and your dentist can decide which treatment is best suited to your needs. No matter what kind of dental issue you’re hoping to correct, we’re here to help. Waller Dental strives to offer the absolute best in general and cosmetic dentistry, so call us today for an appointment to discuss all your corrective treatment options.

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