Improve Your Smile (And Maybe Your Life) With Veneers
Most people aren’t born with perfect teeth. And even if you are one of those lucky few, teeth can become worn and discolored over time for a variety of reasons.
If you are unhappy with your smile, don’t worry. You have options.
Veneers are one of them. Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a brighter, more confident smile.
What are veneers?
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that fits over the front of your tooth, improving both its color and shape. Veneers are stain resistant, and we can use them to make your teeth look whiter simply by choosing a light shade of porcelain.
The best part is, good veneers look just like shiny white teeth. No one will even know you have them!
Who can get veneers?
Veneers are a great fix for anyone with teeth that…
have small gaps between them
are worn down or chipped
are uneven or irregularly shaped
If any of these sound like you, dental veneers could be your solution. If your teeth are only slightly discolored and you are happy with their shape, simply whitening your teeth might be your best option. If you have missing or extremely crooked teeth, you may want to consider other procedures, such as orthodontics (braces), a crown or a bridge, or a dental implant, depending on your situation.
How are veneers different from crowns and bridges?
Veneers, crowns, and bridges all offer similar cosmetic benefits, but crowns and bridges are built to handle more serious issues like severely damaged or missing teeth. Here’s the lowdown:
A veneer just covers the front of your tooth. It’s great for teeth with surface-level cosmetic issues.
A crown is a “cap” that covers the entire tooth. Crowns work best for teeth that are badly chipped or broken.
A bridge covers multiple teeth and is used to replace a missing tooth.
All can be great options, depending on your needs and the condition of your teeth.
With most dentists, the process of restoring teeth with veneers typically takes two or three appointments. This is to provide plenty of time to discuss your options, prepare your teeth for the veneers (by removing a thin layer from the enamel surface on the teeth that will receive a veneer), have your veneers custom made based on your preferences, and make sure they are a perfect match for your teeth. You can learn more about the process here.
Are they really worth it?
Veneers are a designed to give you a healthy, beautiful smile. That can be worth a lot.
I know that being stuck with a smile you aren’t proud of can greatly affect your quality of life. And unfortunately, people make assumptions about us based on our teeth. A recent study confirmed that most people associate good teeth with success, happiness, and intelligence.
If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, you’re not alone. About one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Many of them decide to do something about it.
If you are ready to make that leap, we can help. Give us a call and we can help you decide if veneers are the right solution for you.
Veneer photo: Clausgast