In life, the simplest solution is often the best solution. When cosmetic issues only affect the fronts of teeth, it doesn't make sense to undergo dental procedures that treat the entire tooth. Your local Turlock, CA, dentist Dr. John Chan explains how thin porcelain veneers can transform your smile.
What are veneers?
Veneers are shaped just like the fronts of your teeth but are no thicker than one of your fingernails. They're applied to the front surfaces of your teeth with tinted dental cement. Crowns were once the only option if you wanted to change the appearance of a tooth. Before a crown is placed on your tooth, the tooth must be reduced in size on all four sides to ensure a good fit. With veneer preparation, however, a light filing of the front surfaces of teeth is required.
Can a veneer improve my smile?
Although they may be thin, veneers are very effective at concealing many cosmetic issues that affect teeth, including:
- Damage and Imperfections: Do you have a chip or pit in a tooth? Veneers cover those and other noticeable imperfections.
- Short Teeth: Short teeth really stand out when you smile. Veneers are an excellent choice when there are minor differences in the length of your teeth. If one tooth is drastically shorter than the rest, a crown may be a better option.
- Crooked Teeth: Braces are a good choice if all of your teeth are crooked, but sometimes, just one or two teeth are crooked or twisted or just look a little odd. Adding a veneer quickly improves the tooth's appearance.
- Discolorations: Childhood use of certain antibiotics, large fillings, and other issues can darken a tooth. Veneers offer a simple way to cover discolorations.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Because veneers are available in a range of shades, they're a good choice whether your want to match your existing tooth color perfectly or lighten a tooth. Many people use them a long-lasting teeth whitening option. If you whiten your teeth with hydrogen peroxide, you'll need to avoid coffee, tea, wine and other foods and beverages if you want to keep your teeth bright and white. Veneers are very resistant to staining, which means you won't have to give up your favorite foods and drinks.
Would you like to find out if veneers are a good choice for you? Call your Turlock, CA, dentist Dr. John Chan at (209) 667-2216 to schedule an appointment.