6 Ways Porcelain Veneers Can Give Your Smile a Makeover

Artistically Made Veneers Make Perfectly Imperfect Smiles Possible

Do you ever think veneers are for those who want obnoxiously perfect teeth? Do they convey an air of untrustable perfection to you? Have you secretly always wanted veneers but are afraid you’ll end up with intimidating square teeth?

We’re overjoyed to be dental veneer myth busters today.

Veneers can deliver so many things that most people never think of it. And the overall effect can be like losing five excess pounds or getting a full night’s sleep when you’re lacking sleep—nobody notices why you look so much better, but you just do. Veneers and their many applications can help you look younger, like a facelift for your teeth. Veneers can turn back the clock and erase the years.

Here are a few of the amazing ways veneers can improve your smile.

1. Whitening

This comes as a surprise to many people, but veneers are often a good choice to whiten teeth if you want to correct some other minor issues at the same time. Porcelain veneers can provide the perfect shade of white which will not stain over time the way that naturally porous teeth will.

If all you are after, however, is whiter teeth and you are sure you are not getting veneers in the near future, consider asking us about whitening as an alternative to veneers.

There are a few other things to consider about whitening and veneers. If you’re getting only a few veneers and wish to have a whiter, brighter smile, it’s best to whiten your teeth before the application of the veneers, so all your teeth will match. Then you just need to maintain that level of whiteness with routine whitening as your veneers will not stain or darken over time the same way your teeth will.

2. Minor Straightening of Crooked Teeth

Yes, porcelain veneers can straighten minor crookedness and improve your smile. Many people opt for the quicker, more convenient route of veneers to get the perfectly straight smile they desire. There are several reasons for this:

  • It is faster—you can have straight teeth in a matter of weeks.
  • You can fix any other imperfections at the same time.
  • It is more convenient—no juggling clear aligners or cleaning traditional braces while you wait for your teeth to straighten.

Veneers are a great choice if you have only a few crooked teeth as well. For instance, if you have two overlapping teeth, veneers can quickly correct this without having to create space in your mouth by using traditional orthodontics. This makes sense as an alternative to the hassle of applying orthodontics to your entire mouth just to straighten two teeth.

3. Filling in Gaps

Just as veneers can fix two or more overlapping teeth, they can fill in a gap as well. The choice to use veneers to fix a gap is similar to the choice to avoid a mouth of braces just to fix one overlap.

When you use porcelain veneers to fix a gap, your dentist will simply be making each tooth slightly and imperceptibly wider, creating a more natural and unnoticeable gap. At the same time, he can use the veneers to touch up discoloration, cracks, or chips.

4. Correcting Chips

A minor chip on your tooth is nothing to worry about. Most people can function quite well, even in social situations, without repairing it. However, if you are on camera a lot or the chip’s appearance really bothers you, or it creates a rough edge for your tongue, then it’s time to consider sharing your smile goals with your dentist. Your two choices to fix a chip are bonding or a veneer. Both work well, and your dentist will help you choose the right option for your case and budget. A veneer will cover the whole tooth. Bonding will adhere to your existing tooth and be just large enough to replace the part of your tooth that you lost. Don’t worry, neither solution will be noticeable.

5. What about Cracks?

Cracks are trickier than chips. Hairline cracks can be corrected with veneers, but cracks that cause pain and structural damage cannot (and should not) be corrected with a veneer. It would be like painting over a crack in your home’s wall caused by a faulty foundation. But don’t worry! Your dentist can repair a cracked tooth. Only your dentist will know the best way to repair a cracked tooth and most likely will notice the crack before you tell him or her. However, please speak with your dental team about any dental concerns you have, cracks or otherwise.

6. Teeth which Seem too Short

There is not really a restorative or oral-health-related reason to lengthen short teeth unless your teeth have been worn down by teeth-grinding or other wear. It is purely cosmetic. Nevertheless, we want you to have the smile of your dreams, and lengthening teeth is one way to improve your smile and brighten your face when you smile. If it gives you more confidence, we say go for it!

Also, as hinted at, if your teeth have been shortened by wear and tear of some kind, veneers are a great way to restore and improve your smile. Whatever the reason for lengthening your teeth, veneers can help you smile with confidence.