Veneers are one of the most revolutionary treatments in cosmetic dentistry. However, the concept of veneers is not new. Veneers were first used in 1928 by a Hollywood dentist to alter the appearance of an actor’s teeth. Since then, the techniques and materials of cosmetic veneers have advanced and improved drastically over the years. Modern cosmetic veneers are ultra-thin and made of strong, natural-looking porcelain. Most importantly, they have the ability to instantly conceal a wide range of aesthetic concerns.
Porcelain veneers are most commonly used to address the following three cosmetic dental issues:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Uneven gaps and spaces between teeth
- Slight tooth misalignments
When there is an unsightly front tooth that sticks out from the rest of your smile, it can wreak havoc on your self-confidence. In fact, you may find yourself putting your hand over your mouth when you laugh or awkwardly keeping your lips shut when you smile for pictures. Veneers are a two-visit treatment that can change that – for life!
You Should Know
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that adhere to the front surfaces of your teeth. Since veneers look so natural, it isn’t always necessary to place multiple veneers. In many cases, just one or two veneers can meet your goals. Veneers are also a purely cosmetic treatment, which means there’s no need to place them on teeth that don’t show when you smile. They are commonly only used on the upper front teeth.
Another thing to keep in mind is that veneers can’t actually straighten a tooth, change its size or shift a tooth. Instead, it permanently covers up the imperfection so that no one ever knows what’s underneath. Speaking of permanent, your veneers are also irreversible since a small portion of your natural teeth must be shaved off to place the veneer. Don’t worry; you will not want to go back to your old smile after attaining a beautiful set of teeth with veneers. They are even stain-resistant so you can keep that balanced, white smile for years to come.
To learn more about your candidacy for cosmetic veneers as well as what the procedure entails, please call Dr. Gilreath. We value the importance of a beautiful and confident smile!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,