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Considering Veneers: Are They for You?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

If you have a tooth problem, anything from discolored teeth to crooked teeth to gaps between your teeth, dental veneers may be the answer for you. Veneers are shells created to go over your natural teeth and create a beautiful smile.

How do veneers work?
Made from very thin tooth-colored material, veneers cover the front of your teeth to hide imperfections. They also can alter the size, length, and shape of your teeth. Veneers may be created from resin composite or porcelain, although most are now made of porcelain because it is resistant to stains and very natural appearance.

What are the benefits of veneers?

  • It’s very difficult to tell the difference between veneers and real teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers won’t be stained by coffee, tea, red wine, or cigarettes.
  • Veneer colors may be chosen from many shades of white, so you can whiten your smile at the same time as correcting your teeth.
  • Veneers are sometimes an option for healthy teeth instead of crowns.

Are there any disadvantages?

  • Veneers generally aren’t covered by insurance.
  • Your teeth may become more sensitive with veneers because some of the enamel that protects your teeth has been removed.
  • Once your teeth are set for veneers, the process generally can’t be reversed.

Are veneers right for me?
Veneers can be a good option instead of braces to conceal gaps or crooked teeth. They can also hide chips, cracks, or uneven teeth. Veneers are a great way to whiten your teeth if they don’t respond to other methods. However, veneers aren’t good for teeth weakened by breaks, decay, or large fillings. Crowns may be a better option instead.

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Defying Age with Dental Veneers

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

A healthy looking, bright, attractive smile has long been associated with youth. As you age, your smile ages right along with you and can make you appear even older than you are. Stains, imperfections, damages, and other results of wear on your teeth can add years to your appearance.

Here are some things that can happen as you age that affect your smile:

  • Gravity causes your face to shrink and sink in, causing less of your upper teeth to show when you smile and talk.
  • Loss of collagen and decreased muscle tone allows wrinkles to form around your mouth.
  • Your teeth become yellowed and stained from age, as well as food and drink choices over the years.
  • The edges of your teeth can become damaged and worn down, making them look uneven and unhealthy.

One of the most successful ways to get back your youthful look is to restore your smile with dental veneers. Veneers are made of thin porcelain that is bonded to the fronts of your teeth to hide stains, chips, misshapen teeth, gaps, and misalignment. They provide a strong and durable way to renew your smile. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and create a personalized smile based on your facial shape, teeth size, skin tone, and age.

One of the greatest benefits of porcelain is that it resists stains. Your smile will permanently remain the brighter, more appealing color that you choose for your veneers from the start. Also, porcelain veneers are very natural looking. Others will likely not even realize you have them. Your friends may not be able to pinpoint what it is about you that changed, but they likely will notice how rested and revived you look. By choosing veneers, you can whiten, lengthen, and correct proportions of your teeth which can combine to make you look 10 or 15 years younger.

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