Made from thin, custom-designed porcelain shells, dental veneers fit exactly over the front surfaces of teeth. They are bonded in place using dental cement, so once in position are relatively strong and durable. Dental veneers can be used to create the more cosmetically perfect smile of your dreams, and you might find this treatment helpful if you have any of the following problems with your teeth.
About Dental Veneers
1. Discolored Teeth
Often teeth that have become stained will benefit from a hygiene treatment and their color can be lifted with tooth whitening, but this isn’t always effective. You might benefit from dental veneers if your teeth are internally stained. This can happen if a tooth has discolored due to root canal treatment, or because of antibiotic use, for example, tetracycline. Some people have teeth that have discolored due to a condition called fluorosis and where teeth were exposed to excessive fluoride during their development.
This can cause white lacy flecks over teeth or even brown stains that will not respond to normal teeth whitening treatments. Other times teeth can appear stained because they have aging composite resin fillings. Although one option is to replace these fillings, veneers could offer a long-lasting solution as they will never become stained or discolored.
Dental Veneer Patient of Dr. Barsky Before and After
2. Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Many people have small chips or cracks in their teeth, often as a result of a minor accident. If you are guilty of using your teeth as tools, for example opening bottles or packets, then the biting surfaces may have become damaged. Dental veneers can cover up these chips and cracks while protecting your teeth. It’s always important to mend any minor damage to teeth because damaged tooth enamel can let in bacteria which will infect teeth.
Dental Veneers Before and After
3. Worn Teeth
Other times teeth can become worn due to acid erosion that has caused tooth enamel to thin, exposing more of the natural tooth color and creating a darker appearance, and this is often just a normal part of aging. Teeth may also wear down if you have previously had a condition called bruxism, where you clench and grind your teeth usually during sleep. This can cause excessive wear and tear on teeth, so they look shorter than before. Although veneers can help in this situation, it is important to have received treatment for your bruxism as otherwise, bruxism will damage your beautiful new veneers.
5. Teeth That Are Slightly Misaligned
When teeth are only slightly misaligned then it’s often not necessary to have adult orthodontics, especially if only one or two are slightly out of position. When your teeth are prepared for dental veneers, Dr. Todd Barsky, our board-certified prosthodontist can carefully shape your teeth so that once your veneers are fitted, your smile will be beautifully in alignment.
6. Gaps in between Teeth
A beautiful smile can be marred by gaps in between teeth. Well-designed dental veneers can help to close or minimize these spaces while still creating a very natural appearance.
Important: Things to Consider with a Comprehensive Smile Makeover
Dental veneers are a very versatile treatment and are often used as part of a comprehensive smile makeover, in conjunction with other dental treatments, for example, teeth whitening, porcelain crowns and bridges, and with dental implants. As an experienced and highly qualified prosthodontist, Dr. Barsky is skilled in planning comprehensive smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction, combining the most advanced treatments to create beautiful yet functional teeth and when needed, restoring your dental health.
Remember: Veneers Offer a More Conservative Way to Improve Your Smile
Dental veneers are a minimally invasive procedure as only a small portion of tooth structure needs to be removed during tooth preparation. Often veneers will be a better solution than dental crowns because they preserve more of your natural teeth, providing you with a healthy, functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.