Do you have cosmetic dentistry issues that you would like to find a solution for? Have you heard of veneers, but aren’t really sure what they are or what they can do? At Kim Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with outstanding general dentistry, as well as cosmetic solutions to help you love your smile! Read on to find out more about what veneers are, and how they can solve your cosmetic dental issues.

What are Veneers?

Dental veneers are also called porcelain veneers, and are custom-made thin pieces of tooth-colored material that lay over your natural tooth surface. Veneers can change the look of your teeth, and help with any imperfections. These thin shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and are usually made from resin composite or porcelain. Porcelain veneers are better at resisting stains than resin veneers, and they also very closely mimic the look of natural teeth. Veneers are a solution for teeth that are healthy, but have aesthetic issues. Veneers require a skilled dentist, but are a non-invasive solution that has dramatic results.

How Can Veneers Help?

So how can thin veneers help you with your cosmetic issues? There are many improvements that veneers can make to your smile, and they can help with the following problems:

Discoloration

Tooth discoloration can occur due to a variety of factors. There is staining that occurs on the surface of the tooth due to coffee, tea, soda, wine, and other foods and drinks. Smoking can also cause surface stains on the tooth. There can also be discoloration from intrinsic staining, where the dentin of the tooth is darkened or yellowed. Causes of intrinsic staining include being exposed to too much fluoride as a child, your mother using tetracycline during pregnancy, tetracycline use under age 8, trauma to a tooth due to a fall or a ball to the mouth, or a hereditary condition. Tooth dentin also yellows with age, as the outer enamel gets thinner and the dentin shows through. Staining can be yellow, brown, or white spots on the surface of the teeth. Some staining can be addressed with tooth whitening, but if that is not effective, veneers are a good solution. If you have large resin fillings in your teeth, they will be visible because the filling doesn’t match the shade and opacity of your natural teeth. Veneers can hide the discoloration due to large fillings. Veneers can be whiter than your natural tooth color to brighten your whole smile, or they can be matched to your existing teeth to cover one unsightly tooth. If you are struggling with tooth stains that won’t go away with bleaching, turn to veneers for a whiter smile!

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you have chipped or broken teeth that are causing you to hide your smile, veneers can help! Chipped teeth can occur from eating, falling, or a blow to the face. Tooth enamel is incredibly durable, but when hit the right way can chip off, leaving you with a noticeable flaw. A dental veneer can help restore the look of your teeth, and cover any chipped areas. Just like for discoloration, a veneer will adhere to your natural tooth surface, but there will be a thicker section to replace the broken or chipped area. If your tooth is severely broken, you may need more intensive dental work, but if you just have a chip that is on the surface, a veneer can really make a huge difference!

Uneven Teeth

Some people just are born with uneven teeth that cause their smile to look uneven. This can be due to a tooth that is shorter than the rest, which as a result, breaks up the line of your smile. Veneers can add length to that shorter tooth, and an area that once called attention to itself will magically disappear! If your tooth line is uneven, consider veneers to help even everything out.

Crooked Teeth

Along with an uneven smile, some people have one crooked tooth that refuses to play nice with the rest. Veneers can bring balance to your teeth, and can cover and correct that one tooth (or more!) that are not straight. Veneers are a much quicker solution than traditional braces, but talk to your dentist to find out if they are a good situation for you.

Gaps

Some people love the gaps in their teeth, and find that a big front tooth gap really gives them a unique smile. For others, gaps don’t add to their smile, and veneers can fill in your teeth and eliminate the gaps. Gaps can be due to missing teeth, childhood thumb sucking, or gum disease. Veneers close the gaps that interfere with a good smile, and give your teeth uniformity. And guess what? If you have a gap you love, you can still get veneers while keeping your unique smile!

Tooth Shape

If you have one tooth that is irregularly shaped, or you feel your teeth are too small or too square, veneers can help subtly change the shape of your teeth to complement your face. Rectangular front teeth with rounded corners can appear more youthful, and the shape of the incisors can give you a more masculine smile when longer, and a more feminine look when shorter. Look at pictures of teeth and smiles that you really like to get an idea of what shapes of teeth you like. Your smile is one of the first things someone sees when they meet you, so make sure it is just how you like it! Veneers help you achieve the tooth look you really want.

Strengthen Teeth

Not every benefit of veneers is cosmetic, and they can also help strengthen your teeth. Especially if you have weak teeth, loose teeth, or poor tooth enamel, veneers add in a layer of strength and stability. If you have a chip or crack that could get worse, veneers cover and protect the damage while making your smile more beautiful.

Restore Bite

Has your bite been worn down over the years from everyday use (and the occasional ice-crunching)? A worn down bite can interfere with chewing, and can cause jaw pain and discomfort. If you grind your teeth, they might be worn on only one side, leading to uneven bite and jaw problems. Veneers can help with the alignment of your teeth and your overall bite. You may not even realize how your bite is affecting eating, speech, and even headaches. Restore your bite and align your jaw with veneers.

Prevent Decay

If you are prone to getting cavities, or have weak enamel, veneers can actually prevent cavities from forming in the first place. Because the margins of veneers are easily cleaned and cannot decay, if they are well sealed to the tooth they can be extremely durable. Veneers work better in areas that are easy to clean, such as the front teeth, and add an extra layer of protection to the natural tooth.

Resist Stains

When you choose porcelain veneers, you are choosing an incredibly stain-resistant material. If your natural teeth have been very susceptible to staining, a veneer will give the added benefit of resisting future stains, both internal and external.

Veneer Procedure

Getting veneers is an easy process, much less invasive than other dental fixes such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. You need a small amount of your natural tooth enamel removed where the veneers will be placed so that they will be secure and seamless. An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a laboratory to make veneers that are completely customized to your teeth. The veneer is then placed on the tooth to ensure a good fit, and can be trimmed as necessary. Your tooth will be etched to ensure there is a rough surface for the veneer to bond to. The thin veneers are matched to your tooth color and bonded to the tooth. Veneers will typically last between 7 and 15 years before needing to be replaced, and require the same daily brushing and flossing as your natural teeth. If you have lived with teeth that you don’t like for years, veneers are a simple process to restore color, shape, and size, and give you back your confident smile!

Do veneers sound like a good fit for you? Come visit us at Kim Dentistry to explore how veneers can cover stains, chips, and uneven teeth while re-aligning your bite and  strengthening your teeth! If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Towson, call us today for an appointment!