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You used to love your smile but ever since you chipped a piece off your front tooth, you avoid those family photos and selfies. This chipped tooth is annoying because it’s rough on your tongue and scrapes the inside of your upper lip. What can you do to fix the problem and bring back your smile?
What the heck is a veneer? You thought that a veneer was something used in woodworking to make beautiful cabinets. Yes, a veneer is a thin coating used in woodworking but guess what? Dental veneers are available to coat your teeth too!
Make an appointment with your dentist to have a full dental exam. Your dentist will determine if your teeth can have the application of a veneer. This affordable treatment to repair chipped or damaged teeth is the solution to your problem. A veneer can strengthen the tooth and give you back a natural-looking smile.
Your dentist will examine your tooth to ensure there are no decay or health concerns. If the tooth is healthy you can have a veneer placed over the front of your enamel. The process may involve slightly filing the tooth then a dental adhesive is applied to the tooth, and finally the ceramic veneer is placed over the area of concern. Getting a veneer is a non-invasive process and you will not feel any pain.
Your dentist will match the colour of your new dental veneer to your existing teeth. The veneer will look and feel like a natural tooth and blend in with the rest of your teeth. More than one veneer can be placed at the same time if you have several teeth that require repairs.
Dental Veneers can last for many years as they are made from strong, stain-resistant porcelain material. You will need to care for your dental veneers the same way you care for your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Should your dental veneer crack or chip, visit your dentist for a repair to the problem area.
What if I don’t have a Crack or Chip but My Teeth Are Really Stained?
Veneers can give you an aesthetically pleasing look and are not always used for repairs. If your teeth have become discoloured over the years, a veneer may just be the answer to whiter, more beautiful looking enamel. A veneer can be placed over a tooth to repair cracks and chips, and they are also used to fill in gaps and coat teeth with permanent discolouration.
Ask your dentist about getting veneers placed on your teeth, the added benefit is they can help protect your teeth from more damage or infections.