What are Veneers?

Woman smilingHave you ever looked with envy at someone with a beautiful, straight, white smile? There are so many different things that can get in the way of a beautiful smile, like crooked , gaps, teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and much more.

Sometimes, it can seem impossible for you to have the smile that you so crave. However, there is something that you may want to consider, which will be able to solve numerous different problems at once. This something is called a . Have you ever heard of veneers? If not, then you will definitely want to learn more.

Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain material that are colored to match teeth (or lighter if your teeth are stained and you would like them more white ). They are perfectly shaped to match the natural contours of teeth, and they are cemented to the front of your natural teeth, one-by-one. Veneers can solve a number of different problems, such as:

  1. Filling in gaps
  2. Smoothing out crooked teeth
  3. Covering stained teeth
  4. Covering cracks or chips
  5. Evening out uneven tooth lines

Because veneers are adhered to your natural tooth, they look as natural as possible. Because they are tooth colored, they will look just as natural as your own teeth, but they will create an even, smooth, white smile that you have always wanted.

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Are veneers different from crowns? This is something that many people wonder. The veneers are made from the similar material so they will create a very similar look to crowns, but they are much easier on the teeth. With crowns, most of your natural tooth will be removed so that it can work as an anchor for the crown. Veneers do not require all that filing away of the tooth. Only some filing will need to be done to even out any seriously crooked teeth, and to give the veneer a good surface for adhesion.

If you have always wanted a striking smile, but you simply cannot imagine getting it, it could be the time to start thinking about veneers. They could be the perfect cosmetic option to solve a wide variety of different problems that could be getting in the way of your enviable smile. Of course, as with any dental treatment, veneers are not for everyone. You will need to discuss your options with your dentist to determine if you should get veneers or if there is another cosmetic choice that would work better in your dental case.

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