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Dental Veneers: Are They the Right Choice for You?

al veneersMany patients are not thrilled with the way their smiles look. If you are not happy with your smile, you might grin less often, even when you’re happy. With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are many ways that your dentist can help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted. One popular option is that of dental veneers. Dental veneers are a minimally invasive, permanent option for making your teeth look whiter, straighter and more even. Take a look at some of the ways that veneers might be helpful, and discuss with your dentist whether they are the right choice for you.

You Want Your Teeth to Look Straighter

If you have very crooked teeth or your teeth do not come together the way they should, then orthodontic treatment, such as braces, is probably in your future. Mild imperfections that don’t affect your chewing or speaking functions, however, can sometimes be treated with veneers. This is especially true if you have a space between two of your teeth, which is called a diastema. The veneer will be placed over your teeth in a way to minimize the appearance of the unwanted space. It can also help if you have teeth that is misshapen or one that is smaller than the others.

Your Front Teeth Are Worn

If you clench and grind your teeth, you might notice that your front teeth look worn. They might be worn flat or look jagged along their biting surface. You might even have crazing lines, which look like tiny cracks running up and down the teeth, or chips. The first thing that you need to do is get a handle on the clenching and grinding, often with the use of a night guard. Once you aren’t grinding as much, dental veneers can make your teeth look brand new again.

Teeth Whitening Isn’t Helping

Do you have stained or otherwise discolored teeth? If whitening hasn’t helped, veneers might be the answer. We will match them to the other teeth in your mouth so they look natural. This treatment can be particularly effective if you have had a root canal that has left your front tooth discolored. Because your veneer cannot be whitened later, we’ll have you whiten your other teeth first, if that’s something you’re interested, then we can match it to that.

If you are thinking that dental veneers might be the right choice for you, it’s important to discuss it with your dentist. You need to have excellent gum health and good oral hygiene. Once your veneer is placed, you will need to keep up with brushing, flossing and coming in for routine cleanings and checkups. Please call our office if you would like to discuss whether veneers would be right for you.