When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to have a solution that’s tailored to meet your exact needs. Whether you have a dark spot on a tooth, small gaps between your teeth, or heavy staining, dental veneers can make a dramatic dentist.
Uses for Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments available. They can be used to treat a wide variety of issues, and are relatively non invasive. Before veneers became commonly used, many of these issues were treated with cosmetic crowns, which require the tooth being treated to be restructured to make room for the crown. With veneers, only a small layer of enamel must be removed. In fact, some veneers are so thin that they can be placed directly on the front of the tooth without any previous preparation at all.
Some common conditions that are treated with veneers include:
- Severe discoloration for which whitening treatment has been ineffective
- Intrinsic staining, which affects the interior layers of the tooth
- Surface damage to the tooth such as cracks or pitting
- Minor misalignment or small gaps between teeth
- If misalignment is merely cosmetic and does not affect the bite, veneers can help avoid expensive orthodontic treatment. However, be sure to talk to our cosmetic dentists before deciding on veneers, in case a different treatment would be appropriate.
Treating Discoloration and Staining
Severe or intrinsic discoloration is a common problem treated with veneers. However, as with misalignment or small gaps, it’s important to be sure a cosmetic treatment is appropriate. Some types of tooth staining are related to a problem with the tooth’s interior and might require treatment to prevent tooth loss or spread of infection.
A dark spot on a tooth could be discoloration from exposure to staining agents like nicotine or coffee, but if a tooth turns dark it could also indicate bleeding in the pulp, or the tooth’s interior. This type of issue is not just cosmetic, and should be evaluated by our team of specialists.
Call our office today to set up an appointment and discuss your cosmetic dental treatment.