- April 16, 2017
Time can be hard on your teeth. Almost everyone starts out with a full set of white, even, healthy teeth, meaning your smile looks great. And when your smile looks great, you are going to be more confident and can even get better reactions from people when you first meet them. (It may not be fair, but looks matter.) But there is a flip side to this. If your smile looks awful, you are going to be more anxious and can get worse reactions from people.
That’s why cosmetic dentistry has become more and more accepted over the years. No one looks forward to showing off a smile full of dull, cracked, uneven teeth. You could get several treatments to fix those problems, but do you really want teeth whitening, then Invisalign “invisible braces,” and then tooth bonding, and then even more? If you want to quickly and painlessly correct all of those problems, dental veneers are the obvious choice. Here are five reasons dental veneers are called “instant orthodontics.”
- Turn stained teeth into white teeth: Eventually, even people who always brush and floss when they should can get stained teeth. Coffee, wine, smoke, and even plaque can slowly turn white teeth into something dingy, yellow, or dark. That’s because there are all of these microscopic imperfections in the enamel that are easy to stain. With enough time, these stains get bigger and bigger until the whole tooth looks bad. Dental veneers cover the front of the tooth, hiding any such stains. Veneers are colored to look healthy and natural, and they are very stain resistant. That means you’ll walk into our Sterling Heights, MI dental office with stained teeth, and leave with white teeth.
- Cover over chips or cracks: Enamel is very hard to hurt, but it can happen. Chips, dings, cracks, and more can creep into even the healthiest mouth. Whether it comes from accidents, sports, or similar injuries doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that your smile now looks bad. Dental veneers cover over all of that damage, making chips and cracks instantly disappear. And because the veneers seal up that damage, they can help protect and strengthen your teeth as well.
- Lengthen short teeth: Some people hate their smile because their teeth look unusually short. This is often a problem with the gumline being too low, and while Dr. Ardelean can use gum reshaping to remove excess gum tissue and expose more of your teeth, dental veneers can do so without removing any of your gums. By making the veneers just a little bit longer than your teeth, you can instantly make your teeth look longer and more normal.
- Close gaps between teeth: When you smile, your teeth are supposed to look extremely close together, as if only the thin wire of dental floss could slide between them. But over time, your teeth can slide out of alignment, leaving gaps between your teeth. While dental veneers can’t cover a huge space left behind by a missing tooth, they can be made a little wider than strictly necessary (or just a bit longer on one spot along the edge) to cover over small gaps between teeth. After just one visit, you get a normal-looking smile.
- Straighten crooked or uneven teeth: Along the same lines, some people have teeth that are just crooked enough to be noticed. Maybe a tooth came in crooked when you were a child, or the biting edge of the tooth is angled instead of flat and straight. Dental veneers can be made to fix such problems. As with short teeth or gaps between the teeth, by making the veneer just a bit longer or placing it just the right way, Dr. Ardelean can make your teeth look straight and even.
Traditional vs. Lumineers
Placing dental veneers to instantly improve stains, damage, and shapes of your teeth is not very complicated, but there is a big choice you have to make before getting them: Do you want traditional dental veneers or Lumineers?
- Traditional veneers require a bit of preparation before they can be placed. While these veneers are incredibly thin, they would stick out a little bit if placed without any preparation. To prevent this, Dr. Ardelean carefully removes a thin layer of enamel from the teeth getting the veneers. This way, the veneers will sit flush on your teeth and everything will look beautiful and natural.
- Lumineers is a new kind of dental veneer. The special material used in these means they can be made even thinner than traditional veneers but with the same strength and beauty. Lumineers are often called prepless because, thanks to being that much thinner, they can be placed on your teeth without needing to remove any enamel.
You don’t have to live with an ugly smile. If you want to quickly get your teeth looking beautiful with the “instant orthodontics” of dental veneers, call us today at 586-739-1111.