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How Dental Veneers Can Restore Your Teeth
Dental veneers are a great dental restoration option for those suffering from a damaged or abnormal tooth. They can completely transform and renew a tooth, whether it is cracked, chipped or even stained. While dental veneers are a popular choice, they are not as common as other things such as dental crowns or fillings. With that being said, many people wonder exactly how they work, as well as why they are worth considering.
Dental veneers to restore damaged teeth
Below is an overview of what dental veneers are and how they work as a restoration.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin plastic coverings that go directly over teeth. They are typically used for front teeth, as they cannot usually support molars. Additionally, their thin material base does not respond well to chewing and grinding. Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain, but in some cases, they can be made of composite resin.
When dental veneers can be used
Dental veneers can be used to restore teeth that are in bad shape. Oftentimes, a general dentist recommends them for teeth that have been cracked or chipped. When a person cracks their tooth from eating something too hard or bumping into a foreign object, the result can be detrimental. Most general dentists recommend an immediate fix, such as a dental veneer, in order to avoid a completely broken tooth.
When a person chips their tooth, it is likely the result of an accident from biting down on something too hard or an injury to the mouth. Chips are less detrimental than cracks; however, they can still cause serious problems if untreated. In both cases, dental veneers can be placed over the cracked or chipped tooth to completely cover it. The veneer will not just cover the imperfection, but the entire tooth, which ensures future damage does not occur.
Outside of needed restorative purposes, dental veneers can also be used for cosmetic changes. People that have severely stained teeth may not respond well to teeth whitening agents. In this case, a general dentist may recommend dental veneers because they can be color-matched and completely cover up any undesirable stains. Additionally, dental veneers can be used to lengthen teeth that are too short or too small. Some people's adult teeth are simply not big enough compared to their surrounding ones, which can cause an uneven smile. Having dental veneers placed over these teeth can help improve eating, speaking and overall aesthetics.
Why dental veneers?
When in need of a dental restoration, it is best to review all of the available options, which may include dental fillings, crowns or even a simple bonding procedure. However, unlike those options, dental veneers are primarily used for teeth that are in the front of the mouth. Additionally, they are made of porcelain, which is an extremely strong and aesthetically pleasing material that some other restoration options cannot be made of.
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Dental veneers are a great restoration to consider when looking to repair and renew a tooth in the front of the mouth. They can be used for a wide variety of issues ranging from cracks to stains. Reach out today to get started with a dental veneer consultation or to learn more.
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