You know it was silly. You know you shouldn’t have done it, but you did it anyway.
When your friend dared you to chomp down on that jawbreaker, you just couldn’t resist the challenge.
Ever since that day, you’ve been living with chipped teeth. You may have tried to hide your feelings, but it’s been difficult.
Every time you met someone new for work, you wondered if this will affect how much they are listening to you. Every time you went out on a date, you have wondered if your teeth would affect your chances of getting another one.
You don’t have to keep living this way. Our team at Plano Smile Studio doesn’t want you or anyone to let your teeth hurt your self-confidence.
Call our dentist in Plano, TX, to schedule a consultation to find out if porcelain veneers or another kind of cosmetic dentistry could help you.
Why Do Dentists Use Porcelain Veneers?
You may be familiar with veneers in furniture. These are thin strips of wood applied to the exterior of an item to change its appearance.
Dental veneers work in a similar way. They are often thin pieces of porcelain that can be attached to the front of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain is popular for a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental services for two main reasons.
First, porcelain looks like teeth. It reflects light in a way that is practically the same as a natural tooth, and it can be shaded to look like a natural tooth color.
Second, porcelain is a strong and durable material. If you are going to use something to replace or repair teeth, then that product needs to be able to function at least as well as your teeth, too.
Different Uses For Veneers
When we think of veneers, we think of another V-word — versatility.
Veneers can be used to fix a variety of problems you may have with your teeth, and they can be used to correct multiple problems simultaneously.
No matter how long you have been living with a particular problem, veneers could completely transform your smile in a matter of a few weeks.
Here are some examples of how veneers can help you:
➤ You have broken or chipped teeth.
A bite of a hard food (like the jawbreaker mentioned at the start of this blog) is just one way that teeth can become chipped. You may have been hit in the mouth with a ball, an elbow, or something that someone else was carrying.
You may have tripped and fallen into something, or you might have walked into a post or a wall because you got distracted.
Veneers can and will give you the look of a set of complete teeth.
➤ You have yellow or discolored teeth.
Our teeth whitening can work on this as well, although some people prefer veneers. Teeth whitening and veneers will both work on stained teeth.
Veneers will work on teeth that are discolored for other reasons, too. If your enamel is worn down, it may expose the yellower dentin of your teeth. Your teeth can also change color because of tooth decay and because of side effects of certain medicines.
In those instances, stain removers are not going to whiten your smile. Veneers will.
➤ You have crowded teeth or gaps in your teeth.
Spacing problems can affect your smile, too.
Teeth that are crowded can press into each other and get turned at awkward angles. Teeth with gaps between them can attract unwanted attention as well.
In either case, veneers can clean up your spacing problems. Your teeth can look like they are evenly spaced and parallel to one another.
➤ You have crooked teeth.
Crooked teeth can be fixed with orthodontic treatments, which could take years. Or you can make your teeth look straight in a matter of weeks with a set of porcelain veneers.
If you want a straight smile for cosmetic reasons, then veneers are the fastest way to make this happen.
A New Smile Could Be Yours
We can tell you the reasons that veneers can improve your smile, but nothing is better than seeing the results for yourself. You can see a few examples by visiting our veneers webpage.
Having “bad” teeth can affect you throughout your daily life. It can hurt your confidence.
We also have seen how porcelain veneers have changed our patients’ smiles and improved their self-esteem.