From Gummy Smiles to Gaps Between Teeth, Veneers are A Simple Solution to Many Smiles Flaws

gummy smiles, shame, teeth, veneers, David B. Epstein

Did you know that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body? Tooth enamel is even stronger than bones, and when you bite down, you exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure. Your teeth are strong, and they do a lot for you, from chewing food to helping you speak.

In addition to being functional, your teeth make up your smile. Everyone wants to look their best, and we often strive for beautiful pearly whites through proper dental hygiene or whitening treatments.

But what happens when your teeth need a little extra help? Some cosmetic irregularities — like chips, crooked teeth, or short teeth — can make you embarrassed to show off your smile. While these flaws can negatively affect your self-esteem, you shouldn’t let them.

At The Woodlands Dental Group, we offer dental veneers as an option for patients looking to correct their smile flaws. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain placed on the front of your teeth, and they can dramatically change your smile for the better.

Cosmetic improvements with veneers

Though your tooth enamel is strong, it’s still susceptible to damage. It can crack or chip over the years. Using your teeth to open packaging is risky. You shouldn’t use your teeth as tools — whether you have veneers or not. Certain habits like smoking and some foods and beverages can wear away enamel, causing discoloration.

Maybe you have gaps in your teeth, or teeth that are crooked and unsightly. Veneers can cover these imperfections, improving the look of your smile. With veneers, you don’t need to wait years for orthodontic braces to work.

Some people are genetically predisposed to have abnormally short teeth. If you have shorter teeth, your gums appear larger, giving you what’s known as a gummy smile.

Dental veneers can correct and improve the look of all of these dental imperfections. Using thin layers of porcelain, we can counteract flaws to give you a straighter, brighter smile.

Porcelain veneers are often a great option to treat:

Getting dental veneers

Dental veneers look natural in your mouth and correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues. We  custom-select a color of porcelain for you, take molds of your teeth, and send the impressions to the lab for your veneers to be produced. After about two to four weeks, you come to the office to get your veneers.

We remove a small portion of the enamel on the surface of your teeth and adhere the veneers, taking steps to ensure the perfect fit. Veneers are versatile, and we customize the procedure to address your cosmetic concerns. Since dental veneers are permanent, it’s important to learn if they’re the best cosmetic option for you before you begin treatment.

In general, you care for your veneers with recommended dental hygiene measures as you do your regular teeth. Brushing and flossing twice per day is an key part of maintaining healthy teeth and a healthy mouth. The porcelain of your veneers is durable, and it protects against future staining.

Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic imperfections, from discoloration to gapped teeth. You don’t need to live with a smile that leaves you embarrassed. To learn more about veneers and find out if they’re a good option for you, call our office for your first appointment today.

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