While a beautiful smile is always subjective, there are a few common traits, upon which everyone can agree, that contribute the most – color, alignment, and shape. If you have a smile that could benefit from one or more of these, then veneers might be something for you to consider.
Dental veneers are extremely thin, yet strong, layers of porcelain that look like natural tooth enamel. When bonded to a tooth, a veneer creates a natural-looking surface that matches surrounding tooth color, shape, and alignment to help create a perfect smile. There are some limitations to veneers that would make them inappropriate for some situations. If you have large gaps or significant misalignment, orthodontics (braces or Invisalign) might be a better choice for you. If you have lost significant tooth structure due to decay or trauma, or have a severe grinding habit, you might be better served with a porcelain crown that would cover the entire tooth. It is important to first know what you’re trying to accomplish, and then discuss it with Dr. Degnen.
Just like natural teeth, those with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque and keep surrounding gum tissue healthy! And don’t forget regular checkups and professional cleanings to maintain your oral and general health. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, you may want to have a discussion with Dr. Degnen about a nightguard to protect your veneers.