You actually have a healthy set of teeth and gums. However, you find it hard to believe because they may not be very attractive. Genetics, habits, or life experiences may have conspired against you to make your teeth less than presentable when you smile. Fortunately, appearance problems can be treated with procedures such as porcelain veneers. They are a cost-effective answer to improving the appearance of slightly defective and stained teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Also known dental veneers, they are ultra-thin shells of natural-looking porcelain that are designed to be applied over the affected surfaces of your teeth. The purpose is to correct dental issues, such as cracks, chips, tooth discoloration, spacing issues, uneven tooth alignment, and worn tooth enamel. In some cases, porcelain veneers may require existing teeth to be shaped and prepped prior to being treated.
Let’s get a move on and find out how porcelain veneers can improve one’s dental appearance problems:
Appearance Problem #1: Spacing and Alignment
Malocclusions (poor bites), crooked teeth, and excessive gaps between teeth may require orthodontic treatments like dental braces. If your spacing and alignment problems are considered minor, you may wish to opt for porcelain veneers because they are more cost-effective in the long run. Minor problems mean a minute gap between the front teeth or slightly crooked tooth. What’s more, you can achieve the results you want in less time. You may be pleased to know that veneers go hand in hand with some orthodontic situations.
Appearance Problem #2: Size
The size of a tooth should be proportional to the amount of gums and lips showing. If you have worn teeth or shorter teeth, it could upset the balance. With veneers, you have nothing to worry about. You can lengthen your teeth to a more appealing size. However, there is a limit to what it can do. If you have already lost a substantial portion of tooth structure due to a traumatic injury or gum disease, a porcelain crown is a more suitable candidate. It is designed to completely cover the tooth.
Appearance Problem #3: Shape
Yes, teeth is resilient but can still be damaged. Sustaining a significant mouth injury may result in tooth grinding habits and chipping incidents. These problems will then lead to abnormal wear that makes teeth appear shorter. Alternatively, you may be born with one or more teeth that have an odd shape, e.g. square, rounded, etc. Fret not for you can bring a more attractive shape to your teeth by using customized veneers.
Appearance Problem #4: Color
Teeth can become discolored due to tetracycline use at an early age, consuming certain foods and beverages, or age-related yellowing. In some situations, you can restore the natural brightness of teeth via whitening procedures and practicing good oral hygiene. But if you have deep discoloration within a tooth, the above methods may not work. Veneers with natural-looking tooth color could be a more effective way to permanently brighten your smile!
Not sure if you are a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers? You can consult a qualified dentist and schedule a preliminary consultation to evaluate your oral health. At Dr. Alex Rubinov, we are well-versed in a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental veneers included.