How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve the Appearance of Teeth

A beautiful smile can build your self-confidence and attract the attention of people. On the other hand, chipped, misaligned or stained teeth can lower self-esteem and make you constantly conscious of your dental inadequacies.  Even though not everyone is endowed with a naturally beautiful smile, porcelain veneers can be used to compensate for teeth defects and improve the appearance of nearly anyone's teeth.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain material that are designed to bond to the natural tooth structure. They can be used to repair one tooth or restore an entire smile. Porcelain veneers look natural and are minimally invasive. They can be used to fix the following imperfections and improve the appearance of the teeth.

Teeth discoloration

Various factors can contribute to teeth discoloration. These include excess fluoride, stains from certain drugs, foods and beverages, or old age. Sometimes, teeth whitening and good oral hygiene can be used to restore the natural white color of the teeth. However, in other cases that involve extensive discoloration, you may need to go for a more permanent solution. Porcelain veneers can be used to restore the natural teeth color. What's more, they are resistant to permanent discoloration and staining from food, beverages, drugs and even smoking.

Irregularly shaped teeth

Teeth can be irregularly shaped for various reasons:

•    Chipping or breaking of a tooth or teeth due to an injury.

•    Teeth grinding habits.

•    Naturally irregular teeth with bulges or round shapes.

Irregularly shaped front teeth can affect your smile significantly; however, by getting customized porcelain veneers from a cosmetic dentist, attractively shaped teeth can be achieved.

Misaligned and spaced teeth

Misalignment can make teeth appear to be crooked or even affect the bite. On the other hand, excessive gaps between the teeth can cause tooth decay, particularly when proper brushing and flossing techniques are not adopted. Minor problems relating to space and misalignment of teeth can be fixed using porcelain veneers. The veneers close the gap between the teeth and align them properly. Note that issues involving jaw realignment and correction of the bite cannot be fixed using veneers. Such problems will require orthodontic treatment.

Worn down teeth

It is possible to have some teeth that are worn down or shorter in length than the standard size. This can occur naturally or be caused by an injury or disease. Customized porcelain teeth made in the standard length of your teeth can be bonded with shorter teeth to make them an appealing size. If the teeth are extensively worn, the cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain crowns instead of veneers.

Porcelain veneers are ideal for achieving beautiful teeth. If you have any of these issues, visit a cosmetic dentist to find out whether you are a candidate for porcelain veneers.