A simple smile can brighten up one’s day. Having crooked teeth can have an impact on our self-confidence and make us more conscious about smiling. Getting braces is one of the most common ways to get aligned teeth. In less severe cases, you can actually opt for veneers instead of braces to get the straighter smile that you want. Veneers are increasingly becoming a popular choice. If you don’t know about them, no worries. Here is all that you need to know about veneers.

What is a Veneer?

Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are made of resin or porcelain. This composite is bonded together to the front of the teeth. Veneers are used for cosmetic and restorative dental work. It is done without removing the natural tooth.

What is a no-prep Veneer?

Lumineers are also known as no-prep veneers. The shell of the no-prep veneers is thinner than that of the veneers. This makes them an ideal option for fixing small cosmetic defects. In the case of extremely crooked teeth, the dentist will first restore the teeth by filling them and then applying a lumineer on top of it. This needs to be done as the lumineers are extremely thin so they are unable to provide any support to the teeth. Lumineers are a great option when the teeth have not faced extensive structural damage.

Who is a good candidate for a dental veneer?

A person who has crooked or chipped teeth is a good candidate for porcelain veneers. The veneers are helpful in cases of cracked or chipped teeth, permanently stained teeth, mild teeth gaps, mild teeth overlapping, smile makeovers and tooth recontouring.

Are veneers a good idea for teeth?

Veneers are a great option for restoring the aesthetic, function and structure of the teeth which has been damaged. When the veneer is attached to the teeth it becomes straightened and structurally more sound. It blends perfectly with the existing teeth and looks aesthetically pleasing. If you are considering getting veneers then it is a great idea.

Can it help to hide gaps?

When the teeth are misaligned, the gaps between the teeth become more and more visible. Getting dental veneers can help to restore the dental gaps. The dentist will be able to do so by attaching veneers that are slightly wider than your actual teeth. This will help to fill the gap. The veneer will basically mask the cosmetic issue. However, you can also get this gap closed by using other treatment options like braces or clear aligners.

Can veneers help with overlapping teeth?

Veneers are a great option for teeth that are misaligned, gapped or overlapping. If there is a minor overlapping of the teeth, then the veneer is a great option.

How long do they last?

The life of the veneers is dependent on various factors like the quality of the material used, skills and expertise of the doctor and oral hygiene. When taken care of properly, they can serve you for about 10 to 15 years.