3 Dental Corrections That Can Be Made Using Veneers

Veneers have been used to transform the teeth of celebrities for years, but this cosmetic dental application is not only for the rich and famous. If you would like to beautify your teeth, veneers can be applied at your local dental office. Still, you may not know the types of corrections that veneers can be used to make. Here are a few of them:

Veneers change the color of your teeth.

Veneers are made of porcelain or resin and can be colored to match the other teeth in your mouth, or they can be fashioned in the brightest shade of white. In fact, the whiteness accomplished using veneers cannot be achieved using other methods of whitening. Veneers are also able to whiten teeth that would otherwise not be able to be brightened.

Chemical whiteners use peroxide-based solutions to improve the color of teeth. Still, they are ineffective at whitening certain types of teeth discoloration. For instance, if a person is born with a birth defect that causes his or her teeth to display a dark color, peroxide-based chemicals will not lighten the teeth. In addition, teeth that are darkened due to trauma or due to the side effects of a medication do not respond to chemical brightening.

Veneers can conceal chips and cracks in the teeth.

 If you have a crack or chip in your teeth, veneers may be used to conceal it. Veneers are thin slivers of material that are attached to the front of the teeth. Underlying imperfections, such as cracks and chips, are hidden once veneers are applied.

In addition to the restoration of the look of a cracked or chipped tooth, a veneer can reinforce the structural integrity of a tooth. A chip or crack may simply be superficial. However, even a superficial breach in the tooth structure can worsen over time. A crack that deepens and eventually separates the root of a tooth cannot be repaired; the tooth would have to be extracted.

Veneers can correct misshapen teeth.

Teeth that are irregularly shaped or sized can be transformed using veneers. Veneers can be shaped and sized to match the contours of the patient's mouth and his or her facial structure. Once in place, the veneers look like perfectly straight, white teeth.

If you are considering veneers, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area. He or she can answer any questions you may have about the procedure. For more information, contact a company like Leidenheimer Dental Group Inc.