Veneers are an excellent solution for dramatically and instantly enhancing your smile and are used to correct a variety of smile flaws. Here are seven minor smile flaws cosmetic veneers can correct.
1. Minor crowding
If you have healthy teeth and a minor alignment issue, you may not need to straighten your teeth, just use veneers to cover the problem.
Crowded teeth can cause teeth to become crooked. Veneers are the fastest way to give you an even and straight smile.
Veneers can help correct the appearance of crooked teeth. However, they cannot physically move your teeth into a better alignment. For major alignment issues you may need orthodontic treatment.
2. Teeth gaps
If you have natural gaps in your teeth, you need to take extra care of your oral health. Food particles can get stuck in your gap, making it easier for bacteria to eat away at your enamel, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Veneers can help close these minor gaps to help lessen bacteria growth.
Gaps that have always been a part of your smile or gaps caused by worn enamel can be fixed using veneers. Porcelain veneers cover the gap to create the appearance of a healthy and beautiful smile. Large gaps or gaps due to missing teeth will require orthodontic treatment or need to be filled with a prosthetic tooth.
3. Short teeth (or “gummy smile”)
Over the years, teeth can be worn down, or some teeth may always have been small. Small, short teeth can create a “gummy-looking” smile. Veneers can make the teeth look larger or increase the amount of tooth that shows when you smile. Some gummy smiles may also require a crown lengthening procedure if your case is severe.
4. Stained teeth
Surface stains can be treated to give you a bright smile by using teeth whitening treatments. Even after using teeth whitening treatments, your teeth will become stained again especially if you don’t adjust your lifestyle habits.
Some teeth may not respond to teeth whitening treatments because the deeper layers of your tooth can also be stained. This discoloration can be caused by tooth disease, medications, genetics, or medical issues.
Veneers are a great alternative to teeth whitening treatments and instantly and permanently whiten your smile. Although porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, you still should avoid dark-pigmented food and beverages for a long-lasting result.
5. Worn enamel
Dental erosion occurs when tooth enamel is eaten away by acids in foods and beverages such as sugars, citrus, or carbonated beverages. Reflux disease can cause stomach acid to harm teeth as well. Your saliva naturally reduces the acidity in your mouth, but excessive exposure to acid attacks to your teeth can cause your enamel to be worn down. Your enamel does not grow back once it’s gone, but cosmetic veneers can help to strengthen your teeth.
Worn enamel can form craters on the surface, creating an uneven appearance. Veneers can give your teeth a smooth luster and hide spots of former decay.
6. Chipped teeth
Chipping your tooth can happen from falling or biting into something hard. It is easy to chip your teeth. Veneers can cover a chipped tooth, to give the impression of beautiful and healthy-looking teeth.
7. Cracked teeth
Cracks in teeth can draw in bacteria and cause infections. They can also cause the surface of your tooth to be rough. Getting veneers on a cracked tooth can help to give you a smile that you are proud to show off once again. Veneers hide the damage and provide strength and support to your tooth.
If you have any smile flaws that prevent you from smiling confidently, call Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at (248)-716-8623 to schedule a consultation to discuss if veneers are a good cosmetic dental restoration for you.