Have you noticed colleagues or friends who look like they have perfect Hollywood teeth? They are straight and there are no gaps, they simply look perfect. Also, they are incredibly white. You wonder what kind of genes they had so that they have such perfect teeth. Well, wonder no more, the answer may just be that they didn’t inherit perfect teeth, they have veneers.
What Are Veneers Made Of?
Veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain that look just like teeth. They are durable and resilient and are comparable to the strength and resilience of tooth enamel. Once a veneer is in place it looks just like a natural tooth. Their durability makes them ideal for a variety of dental applications.
What Are Veneers Used For?
Veneers are quite versatile and easy to work with. At Cunnington Dental, we use veneers to correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues. In the days before veneers, the only option you had to correct flaws with your teeth was orthodontia or braces. But braces are expensive, and it is a long process before your teeth are fixed. These days, due to improvements in dental technology, some of the issues that used to be corrected with braces can now be handled with veneers.
Gaps In Teeth
If you have gaps between your teeth, braces used to solve that. But with veneers, you can close that gap without anyone being the wiser. The veneer is so thin it can be slipped onto the teeth that are on either side of the gap and close it. To the naked eye, you can’t tell the difference between the veneer and your natural teeth. And the best news is the gap is closed.
If you have teeth that are slightly misaligned, you can use veneers to handle that. First, part of the enamel is removed so that the portion of your tooth that sticks out over the other tooth is flat. Once that is accomplished, the veneer is made and placed over the tooth that was misaligned. The veneer protects your tooth where the enamel was removed, and you now have straight, aligned teeth.
Veneers can also fix chipped and broken teeth depending on how badly the tooth is broken. The veneer is slipped over the broken tooth, and again, you have a beautiful smile.
Veneers are also used if you have discolored teeth. You can have a veneer made and placed right over the discolored tooth, and it is again white the like the rest of your teeth.
Is There a Downside to Veneers?
The only real downside to veneers is that they are a permanent solution. It is an irreversible process due to the enamel that is removed from the original tooth. The veneer is cemented onto the tooth so that it doesn’t move or fall off. But once in place, you will find yourself smiling again.