Dental Veneers: How They Save Smiles

  • October 16, 2016

Dental Veneers: How They Save Smiles

These days, we prefer things that are done and finished quickly. It would be nice to have the time needed to sit back and wait. Instead, your daily schedule is probably overbooked as it is. Waiting days or even weeks for something to finally be done can make your life much harder than it needs to be. When it comes to your smile, you certainly want it to look good. You know that a winning smile can give you that edge in life. Yet you don’t have time to wait forever for several treatments to help.

How Dental Veneers Can Help

If this sounds like you, you should look into dental veneers from our Kansas City, MO dental office. This cosmetic dentistry treatment provides many benefits as soon as you walk out the door. To give you an idea of how dental veneers can help, here are several ways they can save your smile.

– Straighten teeth that are moderately crooked.

Most people get some kind of orthodontic work when they’re teenagers. That’s because the teenage years is when teeth mostly stop moving. It’s safe then to move teeth to where they belong. However, the key word there is “mostly.” Your teeth never really stop moving. That’s why you can have a few crooked teeth as an adult. It’s not that you did anything wrong. That’s just what happens.

Dental veneers can help make some crooked teeth look normal again. When Dr. Stiver places the veneers on your teeth, he can align the veneers so the teeth look straight again. This won’t help if you have a very crooked tooth, but it can turn small problems into big positives.

– Make rough, worn edges look smooth and healthy.

Your teeth grind together whenever you eat. Whether you tear through meat or crush up vegetables, your teeth will repeatedly come in contact with each other. Enamel is tough stuff, but it’s not perfect. When you have those edges coming together with force, those edges will start to wear down. However, it won’t be an even force. Some teeth will look just fine, while others will have angled edges.

In order to correct this, your dental veneers can be made just a little bigger than they should be. Once placed, they will cover that worn edge with a straight, healthy-looking line.

– Hide small gaps so your smile looks even and normal.

Getting orthodontic treatments when you are a teenager isn’t just to move crooked teeth. It’s so your smile looks aligned and even. Gaps between your teeth can trap food, but they can also look out of place.

Dental veneers cannot cover a gap left by a missing tooth. That said, small gaps between teeth are easily covered. Since your dental veneers will be made to look like healthy, natural teeth, no one will notice you had a gap there. Instead, they’ll see healthy teeth and an aligned smile just like they should see.

– Cover stains, including intrinsic ones that cannot be removed.

That morning cup of coffee is necessary for most of us. The downside is that coffee can stain your teeth. So can tea, curry, tomato sauce, and just about any food or drink that’s dark. When you drink or eat these foods, tiny amounts get stuck in small grooves in the enamel. At first, you see nothing but white teeth. Over time, more and more particles get stuck on your teeth. This builds up and starts to slowly but surely turn your teeth dark, yellow, or dingy.

Then there are intrinsic stains. These are often caused by too much fluoride or as a side effect of certain prescription drugs. Even teeth whitening systems like Lumibrite cannot get rid of intrinsic stains. Dental veneers cover the front of your teeth. Any stains, intrinsic or not, will be completely hidden the moment Dr. Stivers places your dental veneers.

– Hide any damage and make sure it does not get worse.

Just like a car can collect dents and rust over the years, your teeth can collect chips and cracks. Even if they are not painful, they don’t look good. Since you still use your teeth to grind up your food, those small cracks and chips can get worse. Chips and especially cracks can grow and threaten the health of your teeth.

Dental veneers will cover all of that damage as soon as they are placed. They also seal up the damage and prevent it from getting worse.

If you’re very busy, you don’t have time for cosmetic dentistry treatments that take months or more. Instead, you should get instant results with dental veneers. To learn more about dental veneers, call us today at 816-399-5539.

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