A person who has small, discolored, crowded or misshapen teeth often develops a poor self concept of their smile during adolescence. He or she “learns” how to hide their teeth, either with their lips. Let’s think about the implications of reversing that with veneers.
Studies show that people who naturally smile more exercise “positive muscles” (those used for smiling) which immediately releases endorphins to the brain. Repeated studies also show that people who feel good about their appearance are happier, more successful, live more productive lives, make 18-20% more income and have lower anxiety and depression.
When we think of changing the appearance of a tooth, or several teeth, or to change a smile, a veneer becomes a great way to do this. The nice thing about veneering a tooth is that it can often be done in a very conservative manner so that not much if any tooth structure needs to be removed.
Teeth can be veneered in two different ways. One way is to use a composite resin to add material to the outer layer of the tooth to reshape or change the shade, size, or contours of the tooth. The other way to veneer a tooth is with a customized porcelain shell that is permanently bonded to the tooth.
Veneers can be used to correct many cosmetic concerns including:
- Gaps or Spaces between the teeth
- Chipped, fractured or broken teeth
- Teeth with unsightly discoloration or staining
- Genetically misshaped or undersized teeth
- Rotated or crooked teeth
Above is an example of some composite resin veneers that Dr. Bechtel completed on a patient that was concerned with the gaps and spaces between their front teeth.
Veneers are often a great way to correct aesthetic concerns without having to go through orthodontic treatment. Subtle improvements to your smile can be accomplished with veneers and typically can be done in one or two visits. Give our office a call if you have an aesthetic concern you want us to help you correct.