3 Issues Veneers Can Help With and 3 They Can’t

Considering getting dental veneers? These thin pieces of porcelain can transform your smile, but they aren’t a fix for every dental problem. As you learn more about cosmetic dentistry, let’s review some of the ways that veneers can improve your teeth and some ways they are not suitable.

Some Dental Issues that Veneers Can Mask

1. Small Chips and Cracks

Do you have small chips or cracks in your front teeth? These can be caused by trauma or continuous clenching or grinding of your teeth. Veneers can cover the damaged enamel without taking away an excessive amount of tooth structure.

2. Discoloration and Stains

Over time, foods, drinks, medications, and smoking can stain your tooth enamel yellow or gray. To prevent stain we recommend using an electric toothbrush, whitening toothpaste, and getting routine dental cleanings. For stains that refuse to go away, veneers can be a great option to mask the color of your teeth.

3. Minor Spacing or Gap Issues

Do you have small gaps between teeth or minor twisting? As long as your bite aligns properly, veneers can fix these types of subtle spacing irregularities. Let us help you come up with a plan that can realign the appearance of your teeth and close spacing.

What Veneers Don’t Correct

1. Tooth Decay or Gum Disease

While veneers cover damaged enamel, they cannot treat underlying tooth decay or gum inflammation. Any infections require dental treatment before a cosmetic solution. Make sure to address any gum disease or cavities first.

2. Jaw Pain, Bite Misalignment, or Bruxism

Jaw, bite, and teeth grinding issues often require orthodontics to realign your smile. Veneers cannot fix these foundational problems – in fact, placing porcelain over a misaligned bite may crack the veneers. Get the necessary orthodontic treatment first.

3. Major Chipping or Missing Teeth

Unlike small chips, veneers cannot remedy major tooth damage or loss. These issues change the structure of your smile. You may need crowns to reinforce broken teeth or dental implants to replace missing ones. Ask your dentist about the best restorative options.

A recent study found that up to 61% of Americans stated that they wish they could change the appearance of their teeth. Veneers may help. Not sure if your particular dental problems are good candidates for veneers? Speak with one of our cosmetic dentists about cosmetic dentistry solutions. We can advise you on whether porcelain makeovers can transform your smile or if other treatments better fit your needs. With the right information, you can determine whether veneers offer the flawless look you want.

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