At Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California, our dentists place great value on both your oral health and helping you feel great about how you look. Dental veneers are one of the most versatile tools at our disposal in helping you achieve your smile goals. In this post we consider eight problems that veneers solve.
Since veneers cover your natural teeth, they hide problems like stains. Regardless of whether your teeth are stained from smoking, an old injury, or your love of coffee, veneers can give you the bright, white smile you want.
As long as your teeth are healthy, small cracks can be hidden by veneers. As an added bonus, the veneers can add some stability and stop small cracks from becoming big problems.
Similar to hiding cracks, veneers can cover chipped teeth.
Do you have gaps between your teeth that you don’t like? Veneers can help! Veneers are custom-designed for your mouth, and our dentists are experts in using them to fix perceived flaws such as gaps between teeth.
5. Misaligned teeth
Have you always thought you’d need aligners or braces to get the smile you want? Veneers may be a better solution, depending on your situation. As long as your teeth aren’t misaligned in a way that causes damage, we may be able to correct the problem areas with veneers.
6. Worn teeth
Your teeth are made to grind food, and over a lifetime of chewing, they begin to wear down. Worn teeth can contribute to making you look older than you are. Veneers are a way to turn back the hands of time and give you a more youthful appearance.
Along with wear, your teeth also change color over time. Your outer layer of enamel becomes thinner, allowing the yellow or gray dentin beneath to show through. Even though your teeth may be perfectly healthy, the discoloration can mar the appearance of your smile and make you feel self-conscious.
8. Small or short teeth
Do you feel your teeth are too small or too short? You’re not alone. Many people are unhappy with the shape of their teeth for one reason or another. Veneers can help!
Modern porcelain veneers are beautiful, and reflect light very similarly to natural teeth. They are also largely stain-resistant, so while we still encourage you to practice excellent oral hygiene, you’re unlikely to stain your new smile with your evening glass of wine.
Veneers are durable, too. You can expect them to last around 15 years with proper care. And, while getting veneers may seem like a complicated procedure, it can generally be accomplished in just two visits.
Finally, our team designs your veneers to suit you. That means they are color-matched to look natural for you and shaped to fit your mouth. You’ll have a smile that suits you!
If you’d like to learn more about veneers, schedule an appointment for an evaluation. We’re always happy to answer questions about your specific situation.