A gap in your front teeth might be a source of embarrassment for you. If it is, your dentist has a few options for closing the gap to help you feel better about your appearance. One choice you may want to consider is getting dental veneers. Dental veneers look just like natural teeth when they're applied, and they get results quicker than using braces to close the gap. Here's why veneers might be a good solution.
Veneers Change The Shape Of Your Teeth
Veneers are custom made for your mouth. Your dentist can make veneers a little wider than your natural teeth so the gap is closed once the veneers are in place. However, your dentist must first determine if this is an appropriate form of treatment. Veneers can cover slight twists in your teeth and hide gaps, but they can't correct problems with misalignment. If the gap has caused other teeth to rotate or have other problems, then braces might be a better option. If veneers are a suitable treatment for your situation, then you'll get results much quicker since the process is only as long as it takes to get the veneers made in a dental lab.
Your cosmetic dentist orders the exact shape of the veneers to make any other corrections that might be needed for your smile at the same time such as adjusting the width and length of your teeth. You may just have veneers put on one or two teeth, but you can also have them applied to your other front teeth if needed to complete the look you want to achieve.
Veneers Give You A Bright Smile
Veneers are often made of porcelain. Porcelain is a good material for artificial teeth because it looks a lot like natural enamel. It reflects light like enamel, so it has a translucent quality that makes your teeth attractive. Plus, when you get veneers, you can choose a brighter shade than your normal teeth so you have a whiter smile. However, you want the veneers to blend in with your other teeth. If you're only getting one or two veneers, then talk to your dentist about the color you want. Your dentist can match the veneers to the color of your other teeth, but if you want to go shades lighter, your dentist may want to whiten your other teeth first.
Veneers Are Less Damaging Than Crowns
You can change the appearance of your teeth with porcelain crowns too, but the dentist has to remove a larger portion of your enamel to place crowns on your teeth. Some enamel has to be removed to make room for veneers too, but it is only a minimal amount. The veneers are then attached with dental adhesive so they are firmly attached to your teeth so you can chew and bite normally.
Porcelain veneers could be the best option for improving your smile when you want to close a gap in your front teeth. The veneers will look natural and function just like natural teeth while they improve your self-confidence about your smile.