Porcelain veneers have been used by dentists for decades. In addition to enhancing the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can boost your self-confidence, and protect your oral health. Whether you would like to protect your teeth from damage or enhance your smile’s natural beauty, porcelain veneers are an affordable, painless treatment option. Here are a few of the ways porcelain veneers can boost your confidence and protect your pearly whites.
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
1. You want to treat discolored teeth.
Millions of Americans have experienced discolored teeth as a result of food, drink, and other substances that can stain and darken tooth enamel. Some of the most common culprits of tooth discoloration include:
- Sports Drinks
- Flavored Beverages
- Fruits and Berries
- Candy and Sweets
- Some Medications
How to Whiten Stained Teeth
Brushing after meals and using a straw to sip colored beverages can reduce discoloration, as can at-home whitening treatments that can be used over-the-counter at most drugstores. These products should be used with caution, however, as too much whitening product can also erode the enamel and leave teeth susceptible to infection and decay.
Many dental offices also offer whitening treatments that are safe and effective at removing stains and discoloration, and these treatments last much longer than over-the-counter whitening products.
Treatment for Severely Stained Teeth
While many people experience stains and discoloration as a result of food, drink, and tobacco, some may notice severe discoloration of one or more teeth. This is a result of stains that have penetrated the outer layer of enamel and made their way into the vulnerable center of the tooth. This is known as an intrinsic stain.
Smoking is the most common culprit of these types of intrinsic stains. These types of stains can sometimes be improved with dental-grade whitening treatments, but most often, porcelain veneers are the only solution to re-creating and enhancing your smile’s natural beauty.
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2. You want to close spaces between your teeth.
Custom porcelain veneers can be created to close gaps and spaces which can be putting your oral health at risk or making you feel self-conscious about your smile. Since porcelain s virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, porcelain veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments available to anyone seeking to make their smile more attractive.
Veneers can close major gaps and spaces between teeth, and they can also fill small gaps where food becomes trapped. Because these areas are more susceptible to food collection, they can also be more susceptible to bacteria which can lead to tooth decay, disease, and even loss.
3. You want to replace teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken.
If your teeth are cracked, chipped, or broken, porcelain veneers can protect your teeth from bacteria, disease, and damage. Porcelain veneers can also be used to enhance the appearance of teeth that have cracks and chips to boost your self-confidence so you can show off your pearly whites.
Because porcelain veneers are created in a lab with naturally-occuring minerals, they are very durable and can withstand much more pressure from grinding and normal movement than teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken. If your teeth have sustained any amount of damage, it’s always a good idea to have a dental checkup to check for infection and decay and to find out what your treatment options are for preventing further damage and disease.
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4. You want to reshape teeth that are misaligned or uneven.
When teeth are misaligned and uneven, they can cause a lack of confidence as well as discomfort in the jaw, muscles, and soft tissue surrounding a tooth.
Porcelain veneers are an affordable option for anyone with minor misalignments or uneven teeth. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth, much like braces and protective mouth gear, but they are much more affordable.
5. You want to fix teeth that are worn down.
If your teeth are worn down from bruxism, or teeth grinding, then porcelain veneers are a great way to prevent you from destroying your tooth’s protective barrier, the only thing stopping harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream and the bone and soft tissue throughout your mouth.
If your teeth are severely worn down as a result of grinding your teeth at night, you might want to consider a night guard, which can help keep your jaw and teeth in alignment. This can also help prevent chronic headaches and pain related to TMJ problems.
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Where can I get veneers in Memphis?
Are you looking for a solution to discolored, uneven, or damaged teeth? Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Miles Moore and the team at Memphis Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about our treatment and finance options available.
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This article was reviewed by Dr. Miles Moore of Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who has received extensive training in implant dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Memphis Dental Society.