5 Smile Flaws You Didn't Know Veneers Can Correct

5 Smile Flaws You Didn't Know Veneers Can Correct

Even if you don’t have a nice, neat set of pearly whites, you still have a number of restoration options to fix the underlying problems. One of these is veneers: wafer-thin porcelain shells the dentist bonds to the front of your teeth.

At Loudon Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, Dr. Haidy Messih and Dr. Basma Armanious routinely use veneers as part of their cosmetic dentistry services. Here’s what you should know about veneers, plus our list of five smile flaws you may not realize veneers can correct.

About veneers

Also known as dental porcelain laminates, veneers are custom-made shells that the dentist bonds to the tooth’s front surface to change its size, shape, length, or color. They’re less well-known than dental crowns, which “cap” the tooth to protect it. Veneers are an affordable alternative for minor problems and need less shaving of the surface enamel to place.

By themselves, veneers don’t improve your oral health; however, because their material is resistant to both acid and decay, they contribute to overall oral health while giving you the bright smile you want. 

Dental veneers are usually fashioned from either porcelain or resin composite materials, both of which can be matched to your surrounding tooth color. Yet, porcelain:

Dental veneers are ideal for patients looking for a long-term solution to cosmetic dental concerns but who don’t respond well to treatments such as teeth whitening or orthodontia. They’re also generally less costly than other restoration options, and they can be placed fairly quickly. Most last between 7-15 years, after which you can get them replaced.

5 smile flaws veneers can correct

Veneers can resolve a number of dental problems.

1. Chipped or cracked teeth

When a tooth is chipped or cracked, decay-causing bacteria and food debris can penetrate the hard enamel and make their way into the inner pulp, leading to infection, inflammation, and a compromised nerve. Because veneers are permanently bonded to the tooth surface, they cover those chips or cracks, preventing bacteria from getting in.

2. Worn teeth

If you have a misaligned bite, some teeth can wear down faster than normal. Veneers cover the spots of weak enamel, making the tooth more acid- and decay-resistant.

3. Discolored teeth

Teeth can become discolored for many different reasons, including the food and drink you consume (think tea, coffee, blueberries, soy sauce), the effects of root canal treatment, side effects of medication such as the antibiotic tetracycline, too much fluoride, and large resin fillings. No matter what the cause, though, veneers cover the discolored areas, making your smile bright again.

4. Gaps and spaces

Some people find gaps between teeth appealing, but medically, they’re a dentist’s nightmare. Those spaces act like magnets for plaque and debris, and bacteria have a field day feasting on them and producing enamel-etching acid. Gaps can also lead to misaligned bites and structural stress, causing uneven tooth wear, tooth fractures, and even tooth loss. Veneers, though, act as a bridge across the gaps, providing a strong and impenetrable tooth surface and an even bite.

5. Size irregularities

It would be lovely if all your teeth lined up neatly, but in reality, you may have one or more teeth shorter or longer than those around it. Veneers can help bring the odd-sized or shaped teeth in line with the rest of the teeth in your mouth.

Want to learn more about veneers or explore them as a restoration option? Give Loudon Family and Cosmetic Dentistry a call at 703-952-7332, or book a consultation online with one of our dentists today.

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