The Versatile Dental Veneer [BLOG]
In the field of modern dentistry, you can find a solution to nearly every dental problem imaginable. The marvels of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options allow dentists to redefine the entire profession. In the past, dentists were there to keep our mouths clean and healthy. But thanks to advances in dental technology over the last few decades, dentists can offer treatments that are truly life changing.
One of the many wonders of cosmetic dentistry today are dental veneers. And even though they typically fall under the cosmetic dentistry menu of options, they can actually serve a restorative function as well. Today’s blog is dedicated to this multifaceted dental solution known as veneers!
Dental Veneers Explained
Dental veneers are quite versatile, so to classify them as primarily cosmetic wouldn’t be entirely accurate. At Oregon Smile Care Center in Salem, OR, we treat them as both cosmetic and restorative in nature.
A veneer is a miraculously thin but very durable outer shell that’s bonded to your tooth using a special light. It covers all sorts of flaws and imperfections in your teeth, hence their cosmetic classification.
This is actually a much simpler and minimally invasive procedure than you might think. You can get custom-made veneers from our highly trained dentist, Dr. Hanson, in as little as two visits! First, depending on your particular dental needs, you have a certain portion of tooth enamel removed to make room for the veneer and allow it to better adhere to your natural tooth. Then impressions of your mouth are taken to use in the creation of your permanent veneer.
Want to know one of the reasons veneers from Oregon Smile Care Center are such a great option? Dr. Hanson can create lifelike wax-ups so you can actually see what they will look like when all is said and done. Imagine being able to see what the end product will look like before you make the investment! We care about you and want to make sure you are completely comfortable with any treatment you receive in our Salem dental office. That’s why wax-ups are so beneficial in helping patients decide if a procedure is right for them.
When your permanent veneers are placed, you’ll have a transformed, more beautiful smile!
Why Are Dental Veneers So Versatile?
Dental veneers can be the ideal cosmetic and restorative solution for a number of common dental problems:
Cracked Teeth – Not only is a crack in your tooth unsightly, but it can also threaten your oral health overall. A crack in anything can lead to a bigger crack later, or eventually, even a brake. Once either of those two things happen, that tooth could actually die because your nerve can become exposed and the tooth may have to be extracted down the road.
What a dental veneer can do is cover the current crack, improve the appearance of the tooth, and also protect your tooth from further cracking or breaking. You’ve not only covered the problem, but you’ve prevented the problem from becoming worse.
Chipped Teeth – Yes, tooth bonding is one way to fix this type of problem. However, if you’re looking for a stronger, longer lasting solution, a dental veneer is better. Despite the ultra-thin material, veneers are incredibly strong and can withstand massive bite force. They’re meant to last many, many years because of this. That’s what makes them a great restorative option for something like chips in your teeth.
Misshapen or Gapped Teeth – Unfortunately, teeth don’t care what you want. They grow in however they please. You’d like them to come in all perfectly shaped, but they’ll do what they want, and you can either deal with it or seek orthodontic treatment to make them look more uniformed.
Well, with dental veneers, you don’t have to do either! The fact is veneers could actually be considered immediate orthodontics. By covering a tooth that stands out because of its shape, or covering a gap between two teeth, the veneer itself can be custom designed to be the shape that will look best for you. The imperfection is covered, looks fantastic, and blends in naturally.
Stained Teeth – There are some stains teeth whitening treatment just can’t fix completely. Dental veneers give you a brighter, more radiant smile without having to come back to the dentist again and again to maintain the whiter color. They hide stains and keep them away for years and years with proper care and maintenance.