If you’re looking in the mirror at several problems with your smile, you might start to feel a bit overwhelmed. It’s like looking at a very messy room with visitors on their way. Where do you start? What’s important? And will you lose valuable time being this indecisive?
This is where dental veneers can do wonders for you. These are ultra-thin shells made to look like healthy versions of your real teeth. They’re a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry procedure. The dentists at our Rochester, MN dental office will artfully bond them to the front of your visible teeth. (Your back molars are rarely seen, so there’s no need to worry about them.) But what does that do? How does having these shells covering your teeth help you and your smile? Here are five specific ways dental veneers will instantly make your smile beautiful again.
1. Make worn teeth look even and healthy.
Your enamel is durable, but even something as tough as a steel knife will get dull with repeated use. The same can happen to your teeth. After decades of chewing, the edges of your teeth can get worn down. However, that rarely happens evenly. One tooth might look uneven while another looks just fine. Dental veneers can be made a little longer on the front to make your teeth’s bottom edge look straight and normal.
2. Cover over chips, grooves, and craters.
If you look very closely, you’ll see that even healthy teeth are not very smooth. There are many tiny imperfections in the enamel, most so small that you can’t see them unless really up close. At least, that’s the way it should be. As the years pass, your teeth can collect bigger problems. You could have a chipped tooth from a biking accident. Stains could make those grooves look much bigger than they are. You can even get craters in your enamel that stand out when people see it.
Dental veneers will pull double duty here. First, they will cover over all of those problems. Chips, grooves, and craters will disappear as soon as the veneer is placed. Second, they seal up the damage so it doesn’t get worse. That chip won’t grow into a crack running up your tooth. You’ll just have a beautiful-looking smile.
3. Straighten crooked or tilted teeth.
It’s called a snaggletooth, and no, it’s not a compliment. It’s when you have a mostly straight smile but one tooth sticks out. It’s either tilted at an odd angle, a bit crooked compared to the nearby teeth, or something like that. You can have several crooked teeth that tend to ruin an otherwise great smile. Veneers cannot correct major problems, but when placed, they can be angled so they’re perfectly straight. Since it covers the tooth, it makes it look like that tooth is now straight.
4. Eliminate unsightly gaps between teeth.
When you were a teen, you probably had braces or similar orthodontic treatment. You needed one because your adult teeth came in imperfectly. You usually had gaps between teeth that made your smile look a bit wrong. Gaps between teeth are not flattering. When making dental veneers for you, we can make them just a bit larger in spots. The veneers will cover your teeth and spread just enough to cover those small gaps. Suddenly, your smile is full of even teeth with no spaces.
5. Cover over stains, including deep ones.
There are a lot of things that can ruin the natural white color of healthy teeth. Smoking adds a sickly yellow-brown color, as can plaque and tartar. Dark foods and drink like tomato sauce or coffee can darken your teeth. Those stains can normally be lifted with teeth whitening systems. However, veneers do that and everything above. Plus, teeth whitening cannot help with intrinsic stains. There are stains that come from the inside of your tooth. They’re too deep to lift. Veneers will hide intrinsic stains and get your teeth dazzlingly white as soon as they are placed.
Plus, they will do all of this for a long time. Most patients can continue enjoying the benefits of dental veneers for 20 years or more. That’s two decades of having even, white, straight teeth. If you think that sounds like a good deal, call us today at 507-315-2932 for an appointment to get this cosmetic dentistry procedure done as soon as possible. After all, it’s your smile. Why wait?