What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are extremely strong, and they serve to protect your teeth while improving your smile as well as your bite.

Each veneer is attached to one tooth, so you can have one veneer or multiple ones. The wafer-thin but ultra-strong material resembles tooth enamel for a natural appearance. Veneers are typically bonded to existing tooth surfaces, creating a new look to give you a beautiful smile, plus they allow for more effective use of your teeth by addressing imperfections that may exist.

How Can They Help You?

Every patient is different, but in general, these are the improvements people see with porcelain dental veneers:

  • Brighter Smile: Over time, teeth become stained. Culprits can be smoking or drinking coffee, tea, or wine, or the discoloration can be due to a person’s genetic makeup. Porcelain veneers can be made in different shades, and they cover up stained teeth to create a brighter smile with whiter teeth.
  • Lengthening Short Teeth: A veneer is essentially an overlay, and it can be made slightly larger than your actual tooth in order to lengthen teeth that are too short. This can improve your bite as well as your appearance.
  • Improving Spacing Of Teeth: Because veneers can be made slightly larger than your teeth, they can improve the spacing between teeth by covering up any prominent gaps. This can make it easier for you to bite and chew, in addition to creating a more attractive smile.
  • Covering Up Chipped Teeth: A very common use for veneers is covering up chips. If your child comes home from the school playground with her front teeth chipped from a fall or a collision with another child, for example, porcelain veneers may be the solution to restoring your child’s beautiful smile.

How Do You Know If You Need Them?

If you suspect that you need dental veneers, talk to your dentist, who will evaluate your teeth, including their shape and current health condition, and determine if this option is right for you. While veneers are a great solution for many people, they may not be the right choice in cases where the gap between teeth is too large, or when extensive decay exists.

Your Family Dentist In Salisbury

At Merritt Mill Dental Associates, we work hard to serve your whole family. Whether you or a family member needs fillings, dental veneers, dentures, dental implants, treatment for gum disease, emergency dental care, or any other type of dental services, we are here to help. Our team is ready to provide quality care for whatever services you need.

Schedule Your Next Appointment

If you’d like to know if dental veneers can help you, make an appointment at our Salisbury office today. Give us a call, or fill out our convenient online “Request Appointment” form. Our dental professionals will consult with you to determine if dental veneers are the right option for you. Contact us today!