How Can Dental Veneers Improve Your Smile?

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Dental veneers are often used in cosmetic dentistry to correct a variety of problems with the teeth's appearance. Veneers are made of either porcelain or a resin compound that is bonded to the natural teeth. The veneers cover problem areas and remain in place for many years. These are some of the ways that dentists use dental veneers to improve your smile.

Discolored Teeth 

There are many different reasons the teeth may become discolored. Various foods and drinks, use of tobacco products and taking certain medications can quickly turn the teeth dark and dull. 

Fortunately, having veneers applied to the discolored teeth can greatly improve the whiteness of your smile. Dental veneers completely cover the discolored areas of the teeth so that the teeth look bright and shiny again.

Unevenly Spaced Teeth

If the teeth are unevenly spaced, dental veneers can also correct this problem. The veneers can be placed so that gaps in between the teeth are no longer visible. This normally takes only a few visits to correct as opposed to wearing braces for several years.

Chipped Or Cracked Teeth 

Teeth with chips and cracks can also be repaired with dental veneers. Veneers not only hide the chips and cracks, but they also reinforce broken teeth so that they are stronger. This also helps prevent the existing chips and cracks from spreading further and becoming more severe.

Worn-Down And Irregularly Shaped Teeth 

If proper dental hygiene is not performed regularly, the teeth become weak and brittle. This can cause the teeth to wear down and become irregularly shaped over time. Dental veneers can also correct this problem. 

For instance, teeth that are worn down often look shorter than normal. Veneers can be applied so that the teeth are the correct length so they look strong and healthy again.

Before applying dental veneers to the teeth, the dentist will need to X-ray your natural teeth and inspect them closely so he or she can create veneers that look most natural for your smile. The natural teeth may also need to be filed down somewhat to ensure the teeth will be the correct thickness after the veneers are attached.

Dental veneers are most commonly applied to the front top and bottom teeth that are more visible when smiling. With proper care, dental veneers can last a very long time. Once they are applied to the teeth, they can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. 

To learn more about how veneers can strengthen your smile, get in touch with a dentist like Scott Brenner, DDS. 


15 December 2015

Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!