If you have gaps, chips, or discolorations in your teeth, the possibility of a perfect smile may seem beyond your reach. However, dental veneers can transform those teeth to create the dazzling, flawless smile you’ve always wanted. Find out if you may be a candidate.
What are dental veneers?
A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored shell that bonds to the front surface of the tooth. Some patients only need one dental veneer to hide a broken or severely stained tooth, while others need several veneers to cover up a large gap or multiple chipped teeth. Veneers are specially made to match the shape, size, and color of the teeth around them, and they usually last around a decade before needing to be replaced, although this time frame can vary depending on multiple factors.
What issues might prevent me from getting veneers?
While veneers are an excellent solution for cosmetic dental concerns, the following conditions must be addressed before considering them as a cosmetic treatment option.
- Crowded teeth. When teeth are too close together, it can be difficult to brush and floss between them. This allows food, plaque, and bacteria to settle in and cause decay. Because we care about your overall oral health, we may recommend you wear braces to make more space so you’ll be able to clean between the teeth.
- Jaw misalignments. If you have an underbite, your top front teeth are likely to scrape against the back of the bottom teeth. This will cause veneers to chip, so it’s best to discuss how to fix this or any other bite problem before seeking veneers.
- Gum disease or tooth decay. Your teeth and surrounding gums must be healthy before getting veneers, so we will need to perform an exam to determine if any cavities or periodontal disease exist and treat them promptly.
- Grinding or clenching habits. Since veneers are so thin, they are vulnerable to chipping. Patients who grind or clench their teeth may find it in their best interests to wear a mouthguard.
Ready to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted? Schedule a consultation! The best way to determine if dental veneers are right for you is to visit our office and talk with our St Clair Shores Cosmetic Dentist. After listening closely to your goals or concerns, and evaluating your oral health, our cosmetic dentistry specialists will determine whether veneers are the best option for transforming your smile. Contact St Clair Shores Cosmetic Dentist today to take the first step towards a more confident you!