Veneers make it easy to get the Hollywood smile you’ve always wanted. That’s because they can conceal numerous cosmetic flaws in an instant, ranging from tooth discoloration and staining to misshaped or uneven teeth. But the problems that veneers can address go beyond cosmetic issues alone.
Our talented team at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental in Chicago recommends veneers to people looking to achieve an attractive smile and good oral health. Our office has the latest technology and a friendly team of highly trained professionals dedicated to treating patients like family.
Here are three common dental problems that veneers can correct.
Chips, breaks, and cracks
We know what you’re thinking — fixing a broken or cracked tooth with a veneer is cosmetic! That’s true. However, correcting these issues goes far beyond appearance alone. Having chipped or cracked teeth, even barely noticeable breaks, puts your oral health at risk.
That’s because vulnerabilities in your teeth leave a door open for microscopic bacteria to penetrate — and they can wreak havoc from the inside out. Adding a protective covering on top of your tooth with a veneer can keep germs out, saving your tooth from cavities and infections.
Gapped teeth are one of the main reasons people seek cosmetic dentistry. While some consider a “spacy” look part of their signature style, many people prefer a mouth filled with straight, close-fitting teeth. And we don’t blame them. A smile with snug teeth looks nice, but it’s also healthier than a grin with a lot of spaces or gaps.
Having spaces between teeth creates extra breeding surfaces for bacteria. And the more areas where bacteria can grow, the more risks you have of plaque and tartar building up, which cause tooth decay.
Those extra gaps also make it easier for neighboring teeth to shift out of position, leaving you with not only crooked teeth, but a bad bite, too. These alignment issues can trigger jaw pain and increase your chances of having damaged teeth.
By using veneers to close those gaps, you can save your teeth from the perils of gum disease as well as an ongoing struggle with shifting teeth and a misaligned bite.
Damaged or weakened enamel
Enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, is the smooth, hard surface that gives your teeth their white gleam. It also acts as a protective armor. If it becomes weak or damaged, it’s gone for good — enamel doesn’t regenerate.
Several things can weaken your enamel. For some, weak enamel is genetic and present from birth. For others, damage develops slowly over the years, thanks to too-vigorous brushing or consuming too many acidic beverages and foods. When your enamel deteriorates, bacteria can penetrate this compromised barrier, putting you at greater risk for tooth decay.
Enamel may not regenerate, but you can essentially replace it with veneers bonded to the surface of your front teeth. And, porcelain veneers can last for years, keeping your teeth protected as well as — or better — than your own enamel.
If you’re thinking about veneers for cosmetic reasons, you’re making an excellent choice for your oral health as well. Ready to get started? Contact us at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental by calling 773-252-3203 or by requesting an appointment online.