Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks. Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.

Many people are unaware that below the enamel, your teeth are composed of dark colored dentin.  As you age the natural enamel of your teeth begins to wear, gradually exposing the darker dentin underneath.  To complicate matters, all varieties of food and beverages can stain the enamel of your teeth.  Soda’s acidic properties can almost completely destroy enamel, and even food like blueberries can leave lasting stains on teeth.  Smoking and red wine are well known culprits of teeth stains as well.

Teeth whitening may provide a white smile for mildly discolored teeth but if you have a severe case of dull or discolored teeth, you may have to opt for dental veneers. The placement of dental veneers requires the “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being fitted with the custom-designed shells. This process permanently alters the teeth that are treated and is therefore not recommended if your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate.

Veneers do have the added benefits of longevity and a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth and  smile. In addition to being esthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth.

Although veneers require a much larger commitment than teeth whitening, the results are typically well worth it.

Contact us to see if dental veneers are right for you.

– Dr. LaFrom, DDS (www.Dentist-Cupertino.com)

 

 

~ by cupertinodentist on March 27, 2009.

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