Porcelain veneers enhance the look of a tooth, protect damaged teeth, and can also restore a tooth’s functionality.
Veneers really do offer a multifaceted dental solution to quite a few different dental problems. And it’s a minimally invasive procedure that’s usually completed in just two visits.
Ok, so what exactly are dental veneers? They are wafer thin custom made tooth colored casings that cover the front surface of your tooth.
While veneers are usually sought after for cosmetic reasons, there’s more too them than just a striking façade.
1. Protect a Cracked Or Chipped Tooth – When your tooth is damaged because it’s cracked or chipped, a veneer can help restore both the look and functionality of your tooth. Porcelain veneers can reduce the pressure on the damaged tooth when you chew, which will also help stabilize the crack or chipped area, so that it doesn’t get worse. And the veneer will renew the look of your tooth by covering up the damaged area. It will match the appearance of your teeth, so no one will ever know you had a damaged tooth.
2. Fill in Gaps & Spaces – Do you have a gap between some teeth that bothers you when you smile? Veneers can help close in smaller to average gaps between your teeth, such as your front teeth. Providing a desired shape and color, the veneers will seamlessly close the gap, while also offering a durable solution for chewing.
3. Alter the Shape of a Tooth – Do you have tooth that’s smaller, larger, or uneven compared to neighboring teeth? Veneers can modify the shape of an existing tooth to correct its contour so that it blends in with the shape (and color) of your surrounding teeth.
4. Hide Permanent Tooth Stains – There are certain teeth stains or discolorations that even professional teeth whitening can’t fix – white spots (white spot lesions) or teeth stained from silver, amalgam fillings. If your permanent tooth stains are getting in the way of your selfie moments, veneers can fix the appearance of one or more teeth.
5. Decrease Teeth Sensitivity– When tooth enamel wears down, it exposes the inner part of your tooth, where the nerve endings reside. This can lead to painful flashes of tooth sensitivity when you drink or eat foods that are hot or cold. In many instances, porcelain veneers can fix this problem by covering up and protecting teeth with eroded enamel. You can get back to eating and drinking without discomfort, and your teeth will look great too.
Depending on the dental issue you want to fix, or your cosmetic goals, veneers do offer a lot of versatility. Whether it’s for looks, tooth discomfort or to prevent a damaged tooth from getting worse, if you’re curious to know how veneers may work for you, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to answer any questions, and help determine whether they’re the right option for your dental needs. Just give us a call at (425) 957-4700 or schedule a visit with us or contact us online.