The Amazing Versatility of Dental Veneers

Do you like what you see in the mirror when you smile? If not, there’s something you should know. Dental veneers can quickly, easily, and quite beautifully transform your appearance.

Veneers can improve nearly every cosmetic concern you might have with your teeth. That may sound too good to be true, but veneers truly are that versatile.

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can give you a smile that shines using veneers. You can choose between two excellent options, traditional porcelain veneers and Lumineers®

Here’s a quick rundown of how veneers work, the cosmetic problems they solve, and the different types.

How veneers work

A veneer is a thin shell that covers the front surface of your teeth. The veneers are made of porcelain because the material has several essential qualities. For starters, porcelain is strong and resists staining, so it keeps its appearance for the long run.

Porcelain also looks fabulous. It mimics the translucent appearance of your natural teeth, and we can tint it to match your desired tooth color. A high-quality porcelain veneer looks like your original teeth, only better.

When we put veneers over your teeth, they immediately hide cosmetic problems, and we can design them to correct minor structural issues.

Cosmetic problems disappear with veneers

The things you don’t like about your teeth literally disappear behind the veneers. That makes them the perfect solution for problems such as those described below.

Stained and discolored teeth

Veneers offer a more permanent option to teeth whitening. They may be the best option if your teeth are severely stained or you don’t want to go through repeated teeth-whitening treatments to maintain your results.

Veneers can also do something you can’t accomplish with traditional whiteners: They hide internal tooth staining. 

Though not as common as staining on the outside of your teeth, the layer of dentin inside your teeth can show through the tooth enamel. This problem doesn’t improve with typical whitening.

Uneven or crooked teeth

When you have minor problems with uneven or crooked teeth, we can craft veneers in a way that makes your teeth look straight. Veneers can’t cover serious misalignment problems, however.

If you have problems such as an underbite, overbite, open bite, or overcrowding, you shouldn’t cover the problem with a veneer. Those dental concerns should be properly treated to avoid future problems with your teeth and jaws.

Gaps between teeth

Unattractive gaps between your front teeth are easy to cover with veneers.

Minor chips and cracks

Thanks to the strength of porcelain, we can use veneers to cover chips and cracks and to restore strength to the tooth. In addition to improving your appearance, the veneer prevents bacteria from getting inside the tooth.

Eroded enamel

Acids in foods and beverages gradually erode the enamel on your teeth. As the enamel dissolves, it doesn’t come back, and your teeth become sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. As long as the damage isn’t extensive, we can restore eroded teeth with veneers.

Different types of veneers

You can choose from traditional porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Lumineers are also made of porcelain, but they’re thinner than traditional veneers.

When we use traditional veneers, we need to remove a small amount of your enamel. This creates room to place the veneer on top of your tooth while keeping it flush with your natural teeth. By comparison, Lumineers are so thin that little to no tooth preparation is needed.

To learn more about veneers, call Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, or schedule an appointment online today.

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