There may come a point in your life when brushing and flossing are no longer keeping your teeth vibrant, straight and healthy. Regular dental visits and great hygiene habits will reduce your risk of developing cosmetic issues such as severe discoloration, but accidents can happen at any time. Dental veneers give patients the ability to once again smile, eat and speak with confidence.
What Are Veneers?
Most modern dental veneers are made of porcelain or resin composite. These materials are easy to shape, extremely durable and almost identical in appearance to natural teeth. Unlike larger crowns that completely encapsulate a tooth, a veneer is a thin strip that is affixed to the front of the tooth. Veneers must be at least 2 millimeters thick in order to keep their integrity, but they are often quite a bit larger. These devices are made custom for every patient so that they look and feel just like real teeth.
Treating Cosmetic Issues
A wide variety of serious cosmetic issues can be addressed with dental veneers. Instead of wearing braces for years at a time, many patients have veneers placed over their teeth in order to create a straight and symmetrical smile. You might also want to consider these devices if you are struggling with deep internal stains that are not responding to professional whitening treatments. In limited cases, patients will benefit from veneers if one or more teeth have become chipped or cracked.
What Are the Benefits?
Veneers are almost completely indistinguishable from natural teeth. This is because they are individually sculpted for every patient after precise measurements have been taken. Once in place, they are often much stronger than the outer layers of enamel that protect your teeth. They also resist stains from foods and beverages such as tea, coffee and berries. Patients need to do nothing more than brush, floss and continue scheduling appointments with our dentist in order to protect their veneers.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The ideal patient will be a relatively healthy adult who is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth due to severe internal staining, minor gaps or misalignment. Every patient must undergo a full screening before having these devices placed on their teeth to ensure that they do not have gum disease, tooth decay or any other serious medical conditions. It is also important that patients remain devoted to caring for their teeth and gums so no further damage takes place.
Could Veneers Benefit You?
Located in Asheville, Chestnut Family Dentistry is committed to helping patients achieve their dream smile. Dr. Wendy Willoughby can use her years of knowledge and experience to evaluate your teeth and help you determine if veneers are right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.