Are there one or two things about your smile that you dislike, characteristics you would change if you could? For many people, porcelain veneers are the aesthetic fix that creates the perfect smile. You shouldn’t have to hide your mouth behind your hand or avoid smiling wide because you’re embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth. Veneers can fix just about every cosmetic issue there is.
1. Antibiotic Stains
If you have permanent stains on your teeth that cannot be eliminated with teeth whitening, they may have been caused by antibiotics taken in childhood. Certain antibiotics can cause stains to develop on permanent teeth under the gumline, when the drug calcifies within the tooth. By the time an adult tooth erupts with an antibiotic stain, the only way to do anything about it is with cosmetic dentistry. Veneers cover up all manner of tooth stains, making teeth gleam white.
2. Crooked or Gapped Teeth
If you have mildly crooked or gapped teeth, braces aren’t your only solution for making your smile straight or filling up the gaps. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover up your wonky smile. Instead of months and potentially years of orthodontic treatment, you can get an aligned smile in just two visits to your Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist. Plus, every other imperfection will be concealed too.
3. Asymmetrical Smile
An asymmetrical smile is often a size of age or an oral health condition, like teeth grinding. If you develop gum recession or your teeth are worn down from clenching and grinding, your teeth can begin to look more worn down on one side of the mouth. Porcelain veneers correct the imbalance, building up your smile and developing the desired symmetry.
4. Chipped or Broken Teeth
Many people think a chipped tooth is merely unsightly, but it’s actually dangerous to the rest of your oral health too. If a tooth is broken, then it is weak, and it is susceptible to other oral health problems or further breakage. Veneers are made of super-thin but incredibly strong slivers of porcelain. They beautify your smile and make it strong too.
5. Narrow Smile
If your teeth are crowded, misshapen, or oddly shaped, you may have a smile that is out of proportion and looks narrow. Instead of your teeth filling the corners of your smile, the placement of the canines and premolars behind the front teeth leaves dark spaces, creating the illusion of a narrow smile. When your veneers are customized to your teeth, they are sized accordingly so your teeth spread from one side of your mouth to the other, filling in all the negative spaces and giving you a while smile.
Which Type of Veneer Is Right for You?
Whatever you dislike about the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can usually correct it. Modern versions of this cosmetic dentistry procedure are less invasive and don’t require the shaving down of natural teeth. You may be a good candidate for ultrathin or no-prep veneers.
Learn more about the smile makeover procedures that are right for you. Schedule a consultation with Fort Lauderdale dentist Dr. Charmaine Johnson at the Premier Smile Center.