Surprisingly, not many people realize how big of an impact a nice set of teeth makes. Sure you may have perfectly healthy teeth, but do you like your smile? Is one tooth kind of out of place? Have you chipped a tooth recently and it just never looked the same?
Investing in porcelain veneers might just be your path to a better, brighter smile. It’s a very cost-effective way to improve stained or slightly misshaped teeth. Think of porcelain veneers as refacing for your teeth. Since they are constructed of thin life like layers of dental porcelain, they look very natural and feel that way too. Think they won’t make a difference in your smile? Here are our top four ways that porcelain veneers can improve your smile and give you attractive, healthy looking teeth.
Have a bad coffee habit? Trying to kick smoking to the curb? Then you know all too well teeth can be easily stained with even the food we eat or habits we keep. But teeth can also become stained or discolored by many other things. Age-induced yellowing, bad oral hygiene, genetics, and color additives in foods and beverages. Sometimes brightening can be attained with better hygiene practices, teeth whitening kits or a professional whitening. Some cases, however, there is nothing that can be done and the teeth will always have a discoloration that goes beyond the surface. Adding veneers with a more natural life like color would be the best way to match your teeth that aren’t discolored. The process has become so advanced that the color of your good teeth can be matched almost like a swatch.
Teeth are mainly made of calcium and enamel and are very strong. That being said it doesn’t mean teeth can’t become fragmented or lose their shape and strength. A bad fall face first can cause a significant oral injury and knock out a tooth or chip it significantly. Sleeping habits can also cause tooth deformation like people who grind their teeth in their sleep. Genetics can play a role in the shape of a tooth as well. You could have easily inherited that distinctly crooked tooth of your grandfather or teeth that are too round or pointed. Veneers that are shaped to a custom look that you like and that fits your smile is a permanent solution and adds confidence to your smile.
Typically the size of your teeth should be proportionate to your lips and the size of your visible gumline. Teeth that fall short of this size can be compensated with porcelain veneers. The veneers add length to the teeth and balance out the proportions which result in a beautiful uniform smile. It should be noted though that veneers aren’t always effective, sometimes a tooth is just too short or has been worn down by infection or injury. In that case, a porcelain crown is another option that you should explore.
Sometimes a large gap between your teeth can be a signature smile, like Michael Strahan of the New York Giants, but in most cases it’s a sore spot with people. In most cases, gaps or misaligned teeth like these are corrected with orthodontics. If the gaps or alignment issues are minor though, veneers are a more efficient option and give instant results.
Looking to get a consultation in Houston for veneers? Call Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 713-766-1493 to see how we can help you achieve a beautifully shaped, natural looking smile.