We hope you had a safe, happy, and fun Halloween. Now that you have put away the costumes, let’s talk about something you can change that’s a little more permanent.
Your smile could look a lot different and better with a simple cosmetic service — dental veneers.
If you aren’t familiar with dental veneers, we will take a little time to explain what they are and how they work. We will also explain some of the issues veneers can fix.
The best way to find out if dental veneers are right for you is to schedule a consultation at Tulip Tree Dental Care, right here in South Bend, IN. To set up an appointment with Dr. Nicole Hurcomb, call 574-208-5668 or contact us online.
Dental Veneers 101
It’s possible that you’ve heard of a different kind of veneers. They are often used in furniture to change an object’s appearance.
A wood veneer is a thin layer of wood that is applied to outside of something. This can make the item appear more attractive, and in many cases, applying veneers can make something stronger.
In dentistry, we don’t use wood to make veneers, but the materials we do use have similar benefits for your teeth. Our e.max veneers are made with a special material that both looks natural and is durable.
Veneers are about the size of a fake fingernail, but unlike fake nails, our dental veneers can last for decades with proper care. The process for getting veneers is relatively quick and painless. After removing a thin layer of enamel, we custom-design a set of veneers to fit your teeth. In a matter of a few weeks, your veneers could be complete. At which point, we can bond them to your teeth.
(To put this another way, you have plenty of time if you want to give yourself a present before you go to this year’s Christmas parties.)
There aren’t many (if any) dental services that can match veneers when it comes to versatility, and it doesn’t hurt that they are one of the fastest ways to transform your smile.
Reasons You May Want Dental Veneers
To give you a taste of what veneers can do, let’s looks at some problems we have fixed with veneers over the years. Keep in mind that you can get a single veneer for one tooth, a few veneers, or a whole set of veneers to change your entire smile.
▷ Discolored teeth
You may be thinking that you could get professional teeth whitening to fix this problem. That’s true for many people … but not all the time. It’s normal for our teeth to become stained as we get older, but staining is not the only reason teeth can be discolored.
Accidents, injuries, illnesses, and side effects of some medications can affect the color of people’s teeth as well. And whitening just isn’t going to have much effect on those issues.
By getting dental veneers, you can give yourself the bright, white smile you want. As a bonus, veneers are more stain resistant than natural teeth, which will make it easier to keep your smile whiter for longer, too.
▷ Gaps between teeth
While orthodontics can correct this issue, sometimes veneers can be a great solution as well. If you’ve got a gap in your smile that’s making you self-conscious, veneers can be a simple and effective way to close it in short amount of time.
▷ Crooked teeth
If your teeth aren’t as straight as you would like, dental veneers may be able to help you, too. Veneers can conceal your natural teeth so they look perfectly straight and evenly spaced.
Now, this works for minor issues. If you have more severe alignment problems, orthodontic care is your best option (and we can help with that, too).
▷ Chipped and broken teeth
Veneers are one of a few services that can restore the size and shape of teeth that may be a little worse for wear. When your veneers are bonded in place, no one will be able to tell from looking which of your teeth are all natural and which have been restored.
How Could Veneers Improve Your Smile?
To find out more, make plans to talk to Dr. Hurcomb if you live in or near South Bend, IN. We want every patient to feel great about his or her smile, and veneers could make that happen.