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Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

When it comes to getting that perfect movie star smile, veneers make the best dental cosmetic choice. But veneers can do more than just transform your smile. 

Our team at Brightwork Family Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia, including our cosmetic dentistry expert Dr. Benjamin J. Crowley, recommends veneers to treat many non-cosmetic dental issues. We want to share some of the non-cosmetic reasons we recommend veneers.

A little about veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells bonded to the surface of your teeth to change their shape, size, or color. With veneers, we transform the look of your teeth and smile without the need for invasive or lengthy dental procedures.

After your initial consultation, we have you return to the office so we can prepare your teeth for the placement of your veneers by reshaping the surface of your teeth to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Then, we take a mold of your newly shaped teeth, which is sent to the dental technician who creates your custom set of veneers.

Once your veneers are ready, we have you return to the office so we can bond the durable shells to the surface of your teeth. We then shape and buff your veneers so your smile looks naturally beautiful. 

Reinforce worn enamel

Your teeth are the strongest tools in your body and can cut and tear through food with ease. Enamel, which is a highly mineralized composite that covers the surface of your teeth, is responsible for keeping your teeth strong and resilient. 

Unfortunately, your enamel is susceptible to erosion from excessive brushing or over-consumption of highly acidic foods and drinks. Chronic acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also causes enamel erosion. 

With less enamel, your teeth may be more vulnerable to cracks and breaks. Loss of enamel also allows the dentin underneath to show through, causing your teeth to appear more yellow. 

Veneers are strong and durable and we may recommend their placement to treat enamel erosion and prevent complications. 

Treatment for cracked or chipped teeth

Your teeth are very strong, but they’re not invincible. You can crack or chip your teeth biting down on something too hard or after a bad fall. Your injured tooth may increase your risk of more serious dental issues, such as cavities, infections, or tooth loss and shouldn’t be ignored.

We offer emergency dentistry services, including same-day appointments, to take care of these unexpected dental issues. Though we offer many treatment options to fix your cracked or chipped tooth, we may suggest the placement of a veneer to protect and strengthen your damaged tooth. 

Fix for minor cosmetic issues

Orthodontic treatments such as traditional metal braces and clear tooth aligning systems like Clear Correct have their place when it comes to improving misalignment issues. However, if your misalignment issues or minor, such as slight crookedness or small gaps, we may suggest veneers instead. 

As noted, veneers quickly fix your cosmetic issue and provide natural-looking results.

When it comes to fixing dental issues, veneers offer many non-cosmetic benefits. To learn more about the many uses of veneers, contact us by phone or online today. We’d love nothing more than to improve your oral health and the look of your smile.

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