Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, largely because they are so versatile they can be used to address a wide range of problems. They are also less invasive than techniques used in the past to correct similar issues, such as dental crowns.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin shells made of porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They completely cover the tooth surface, disguising any features of the tooth you might find unattractive. They can also be shaped to be larger than the tooth to make disproportionately small teeth look larger, or to make asymmetrical teeth look more regular in comparison to the rest of your teeth.
Veneers are more natural looking than dental crowns because they are semi-translucent. Light penetrates the surface, then is reflected back. Your enamel reflects light in the same way. These reflective properties mean porcelain veneers have the same luster as enamel, making your teeth look less artificial. Veneers are also easy to apply. Your dentist can put them in place in two appointments—one to ready your teeth and to make molds and one to permanently affix the final, custom-made veneer.
Cosmetic Issues Treated with Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can improve the look of many problems you might have with your teeth. Some of the more common issues addressed with veneers are:
- Pitting on tooth surfaces
- Intrinsic discoloration
- Severe staining that doesn’t respond to tooth whitening
- Small gaps
- Minor misalignment
If you have any of these issues, ask your dentist if veneers are a good treatment option for you. In cases of misalignment or gaps, you might require orthodontic work. Veneers only disguise the issue rather than correcting it. Your dentist should evaluate your teeth to be sure the misalignment is only minor.
Veneers are a straightforward way to greatly improve the look of your teeth. With veneers, you can regain confidence in your appearance and smile freely again. Contact us at Bliss Dental to confer with our specialists and determine how you can freshen up your smile!