May 1, 2017
The enamel covering your teeth does two great things. First, it protects your teeth (especially the nerve endings on the inside). Second, it makes your teeth look beautiful.
At least, that’s what enamel is supposed to do for you. By this time in your life, your teeth could be stained, chipped, and cracked. That means your enamel is not exactly helping protect or beautify your teeth.
Thankfully, you can call our Norton Shores, MI dental office today at 231-366-4182 to make an appointment for dental veneers. Although technically cosmetic dentistry, veneers can also protect your damaged teeth. Our dentists have been helping people restore their smiles with dental veneers for a long time, giving them the experience to match their training.
What Are Dental Veneers Anyway?
Your smile does a lot more than just chew. It communicates.
How you show your teeth to others (and how you don’t) can convey a lot of emotion. Different kinds of smiles can show politeness, happiness, or excitement. A frown hides your teeth to communicate unhappiness. And baring your teeth can show anger. That’s why having a good smile is so important.
Dental veneers are made to help with that and more. They’re a series of shell-like covers for the front of your teeth. They look and feel just like healthy enamel.
To our highly trained dentists, the dental veneers process is simple and routine. A small amount of enamel has to be removed first. This lets your veneers sit flush with your other teeth and look more natural. Then the veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. As soon as they’re placed by our skilled dentists, your smile is transformed.
Veneers Come From Hollywood
Perhaps it’s not surprising to learn that dental veneers were invented by Hollywood. Back when movies were still new, actors struggled to look good on camera. They started wearing makeup, but there was no makeup for teeth.
Eventually, they started using a white-ish acrylic veneer for their teeth. It looked much better on film, but they wouldn’t stay in place for more than a scene or so. They would just fall off, so dentists rarely used them for their patients.
Finally, someone realized that paint sticks to walls better when the walls have been scuffed up a bit. Dentists began removing a tiny amount of enamel, and that helped dental veneers stay put. Acrylic soon gave way to porcelain and other materials such as Lumineers.
How Dental Veneers Benefit You
There are three main ways dental veneers can benefit you. They cover stains, hide gaps between teeth, and seal up damage.
Just about anything dark that you eat or drink will leave behind a tiny stain on your teeth. That means coffee, tea, tomato sauce, and curry will eventually turn a bright smile into one that looks dark and unhealthy.
Dental veneers are made to look like healthy, unstained enamel. Once placed over your teeth, those stains will be covered. All anyone will see is a bright, healthy-looking smile.
HIDE SMALLER GAPS
Even if you had braces as a teen, you can now have small gaps between your teeth. That’s because your teeth are never locked in place. Decades of tearing and mashing food will nudge your teeth farther apart.
If you have these small gaps, dental veneers can help. Our dentists have the skill needed to make your veneers a little too big in places. These can cover the gaps between your teeth, making it look like you just finished up with some orthodontic care.
SEAL UP CHIPS AND CRACKS
Damage like chips and cracks not only look bad. They tend to get worse over time. That small, hairline crack can eventually grow until the whole tooth is in danger.
Thankfully, dental veneers can seal up damaged areas on the front of your teeth. This will hide chips and cracks, but it will also seal them up so they don’t get any worse.
Call us TODAY at 231-366-4182 or use our convenient online form to schedule your appointment for dental veneers. Our dentists have the right mix of education and real-world experience to help improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments like dental veneers.