More and more people are asking about veneers as a possible treatment option for many concerns. Dental Helpline, a charity hotline where patients can ask questions about oral health, found that 15% of the questions asked of their employees were about veneers, implants, and other similar procedures.
Veneers can help with several cosmetic and medical dental issues, and there are many instances where we at Downtown Dental Studios recommend them to our patients.
Our providers — Fadi Beydoun, DMD, MS, Alexander Kimon, DMD, and Karina Zaygermakher, DMD — know the benefits of veneers and the specific situations in which they might be able to resolve a problem for you.
Veneers are small, very thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin molded into a shell. The shell then fits over the front of your tooth. This small piece of porcelain looks like your natural tooth and can be very helpful in many instances, both cosmetically and medically.
The procedure involves a preparation session in which the tooth or teeth are prepared to place the veneer(s). Then a mold of your teeth is taken so the veneers can be made. When they are ready, you will return to the office to have them molded, fitted, and bonded to your teeth, usually using cement and a light source that fuses the veneers to the teeth.
Veneers are often thought of as cosmetic treatments, but they can also provide a number of beneficial effects in many instances. Some individuals might find veneers better in certain situations than other options, such as tooth extractions and implants because it is cheaper or less intensive.
Below are five of the common problems you can solve with the help of veneers. In all these cases, veneers might be the best option for your needs, but they also might not. This is why it’s always important to consult with your dentist before choosing any option.
Covering up a chipped or broken tooth with a veneer can be great for your self-esteem. It can also help avoid problems that chipped teeth can cause, such as sensitivity or decay. What’s more, it’s much less invasive than extracting the entire tooth and replacing it, which may not be necessary.
Sometimes, it’s a result of smoking. Other times, drinking too much coffee or red wine is the culprit. Either way, discoloration of the teeth can be a real hit to your confidence. Luckily, veneers are a great way to cover the discoloration and create a whiter smile, especially if other teeth whitening options aren’t for you.
Many people have been unhappy with the look of their teeth for a long time. It could be because they are too small, too sharp, or something else. Whatever the reason, getting veneers can help you have the smile you’ve always wanted.
Self-consciousness is also common for those with large gaps in their teeth, crooked or asymmetrical smiles. While some people embrace these unique aspects, others want a more even smile, and veneers can help to create that.
If you have experienced tooth decay, you may be extremely uncomfortable with the look of your smile. And while certain dental procedures can stop or minimize the decay, its sight can still be prevalent. Using veneers to manage this will give you your smile back — not to mention reinforce and protect the vulnerable teeth underneath.
Veneers can be a great option, whether you’re dealing with a smile that doesn’t give you the best feelings about yourself or a vulnerable tooth that could put your whole oral health at risk.
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