Cosmetic dentistry has a solution for pretty much every aesthetic problem your smile might have. One of the more versatile solutions that cosmetic dentistry offers is dental veneers. Not only can these wonders of modern dentistry fix several different conditions with equal amounts of effectiveness, but they also have a level of restorative dental value that you don’t find in other cosmetic dental solutions. See what dental veneers from our Salt Lake City dentist can do to help your smile.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are like fingernails for your teeth in that they are thin coverings bonded to the front of teeth. Dental veneers are often made out porcelain and are very thin. The dental veneer process starts with a visit to see Dr. Gleave at his Salt Lake City office. Once there, you and he will go over how dental veneers can help your smile.
If you decide veneers are for you, you will first have your tooth or teeth (depending on how many veneers you need) prepared. This involves removing a thin layer of dental enamel to accommodate the placement of the veneers. This way, they will not stick out from your smile after placement. The enamel removal also prepares the surface to accept the bonding agent that we use. From there, you will have dental impressions taken. These impressions are used to make your custom dental veneers. These custom veneers will match your teeth to a T and look wonderful in your smile. You will come back in several weeks to have the veneers applied once they are finished.
What Can Dental Veneers Fix?
Dental veneers are a great way of correcting a number of cosmetic flaws your smile may suffer from. Here are a few of the more common uses for dental veneers.
Chips – Dental veneers are a durable fix for this type of cosmetic problem. Dental bonding is sometimes used, but it may chip away easily and has to be reapplied. Dental veneers will stand up to the biting forces in your mouth. In other words, you would have to really work at damaging your veneers while you are eating. They are considered a permanent restoration.
Cracks – This is one area that shows that dental veneers are not just a cosmetic dentistry fix. A cracked tooth damages your appearance, but it also leaves your tooth open to the danger of cracking further and breaking. This can kill your tooth, as it may damage the nerve and need to be removed. A dental veneer will bond to the front of your damaged tooth and do two things. The first is that it will cover the crack and restore your tooth’s appearance. The second is that the veneer will support the tooth and prevent it from cracking further. This will keep you out of harm’s way when it comes to possibly breaking your tooth.
Gaps – Why shift your entire smile around with orthodontics just to close a small gap between two healthy teeth? Dental veneers can do the same job and not disturb your other teeth in the process. By placing dental veneers on the teeth on either side of the gap, you can correct the gap issue and get back to having a great smile in no time.
Misshapen Teeth – Your teeth should be a certain shape when they come in, but for some reason, sometimes they aren’t. Orthodontics can fix misaligned teeth, but they can’t do anything for teeth that aren’t correctly shaped. Dental veneers are able to hide misshapen teeth and give you the appearance of a great smile. A veneer can be made to fit over the surface of the misshapen tooth and hide the imperfection.
Dental Stains – Teeth whitening is normally how you would attack dental stains, but some staining is resistant to even professional levels of dental whitening. This deep staining is often caused by disease or medications to treat diseases. Dental veneers are able to hide these stains and give you a brilliantly whiter smile.
Dental veneers are a great way to get your smile back up to par if you are suffering from any of these cosmetic flaws. Make the choice to have a better smile today and contact our Salt Lake City, UT dental office at (801) 590-7947 to schedule your appointment. Your smile will look better than ever with dental veneers from Rod Gleave, DMD!