Veneers usually fall in to the category of ‘Cosmetic Dentistry’ due to them been used to enhance the beauty of a smile. If you’re not happy with the color, size, shape or position of teeth or a single tooth – Veneers are often a great option for correcting minor flaws and increasing the attractiveness of a smile.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Paper-thin and made of porcelain or ceramic – Veneers are basically a very fine covering that is placed over the facial surface of teeth. Because Dental Veneers don’t completely cover a tooth, like a crown, they aren’t used to restore the biting surface of a molar or protect a tooth that has been heavily restored and requires full coverage protection. Veneers primary use is to improve a smile by masking imperfections such as, slightly rotated teeth, teeth that are stained or darkened, misshapen teeth and front teeth that are not in correct alignment. Some people refer to Veneers as instant Orthodontics as they are able to create a look of straight teeth – without the use of brackets and wires.
Are Dental Veneers for Everyone?
Dental Veneers are suitable for most adult patients, providing the goal of treatment will be achieved by the placement of Veneers. Certain bites or heavily restored teeth may benefit more from full coverage crowns – but this can be established during a consultation. Any dental decay or concerns with gum health would have to be addressed prior to the placement of veneers as the fit and final esthetics will be hampered if gum inflammation and decay is present. How a restoration fits around the gum line can impact the overall look of a smile.
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Unlike white filling material that is sometimes used on front teeth – Dental Veneers won’t ever discolor as they are highly stain resistant. Veneers, though paper-thin, are incredibly durable – providing the benefit of a natural smile but with longevity due to the characteristics of porcelain material. General Dentists at Apple Dental Group in SW Calgary explain that Veneers are able to improve the look of a smile by closing gaps, hiding chips, and changing the size and shape of teeth.