Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
- Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Not everyone considers a veneer to cover up a discolored tooth, but it’s a very effective way to get an instantly pearly-white tooth. If your discolored tooth is too discolored for teeth whitening to make much of a difference or you don’t want to wait for the final results of the teeth whitening procedure, which can take several appointments, consider a veneer instead.
Cracked and chipped teeth are immediately noticeable and unsightly, so many people choose veneers to cover them up and have an attractive tooth there instead. However, even if the cracked or chipped teeth are in the back of your mouth and are not really visible to other people, covering up a cracked or chipped tooth with a veneer can help protect your mouth from decay and infection. Cracked and chipped teeth expose more of the tooth’s roots and the gum underneath, making it easier for food and bacteria to get caught in these vital places. Cover the cracks and chips and you decrease your risk of getting an infection or experiencing decay.