Very few people have a shiny and perfectly straight smile —and there are many reasons why, including:
- poor oral care
- stained or discolored teeth
- dental damage due to an accident
- or simply how your teeth came in.
Fortunately, if you don’t have a dental-brochure worthy smile, porcelain dental veneers could be just what you need to restore your smile to health and brilliance.
Dental veneers are increasing in popularity steadily these days, according to the Journal of Dentistry, as a way to restore unaesthetic teeth discreetly. This means that more and more experienced dentists are providing this cosmetic dentistry service as part of their dental offerings to improve the appearance of your mouth, teeth, gums, and, of course, your smile.
Veneers are custom-made, thin shells your dentist crafts using tooth-colored materials. Veneers cover your teeth’s front side. They are a great option for correcting anything from a decayed tooth to a chipped tooth. Since are individually and uniquely crafted and color-matched for you, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
5 Signs You May Need Dental Veneers
So, how do you know if you may benefit from dental veneers? If you answer yes to one or more of the below questions, then, talk to your dentist about getting dental veneers.
1. Are Your Teeth Are Stained or Discolored?
Discolored teeth occur either from stains from medications like tetracycline, large resin fillings, root canal treatment, too much fluoride or other reasons. Dental veneers are also a great option for people whose teeth resist whitening.
2. Do You Have Chipped, Broken or Cracked Teeth?
There are a few ways to fix chipped broken or cracked teeth. Dental veneers are one of the best solutions for this common issue. Regardless of how you got a chipped tooth, veneers can help restore your smile. You may need a porcelain veneer, depending on how severe the chip, crack or break is. Your dentist can even customize your veneer so it matches all your other teeth.
3. Are Your Teeth Are Worn Down?
As you age, your teeth start to wear down. Typically, teeth that are worn down are due to things like bruxism (teeth clenching) or teeth grinding. If you’re grinding or clenching your teeth frequently, the tops of your teeth can get dull and flat over time leading to substantial dental problems if left untreated. Not only can veneers restore your teeth’s aesthetics, they can also give your teeth more stability while you chew your food.
4. Do You Have Gaps in Your Teeth?
Many people have gaps in their teeth and want this problem fixed immediately. Gaps in your teeth could make you hesitate to laugh or smile and while there are some people who would go the tooth bonding route, most prefer veneers.
5. Do You Have Minor Teeth Misalignments?
If you have minor tooth misalignments, orthodontic treatment isn’t necessarily the required treatment. You can conceal misaligned teeth with dental veneers, including your teeth that have gaps or spaces, are uneven or have indentations or craters on your facial surface.
Once you get your new dental veneers, you take care of them the same way you would your regular teeth — brush and floss twice a day, every day using a non-abrasive toothpaste.
If you notice any of these or other dental symptoms or signs and are unhappy with the color, alignment, or spacing of your teeth, find a local dentist for a veneer evaluation.