Smiling provides us with a feeling of wellbeing and happiness, and thanks to this we communicate positive emotions to others. But some people have lost the ability to smile freely and they cover their mouths with their hands to avoid showing their teeth. In many cases, the problems they are trying to hide — diastema (gap between the teeth), staining or discoloration, worn-down or slightly misaligned teeth, too short — could be addressed beautifully with veneers.
A veneer is an extremely thin custom-made shell that is astonishingly lifelike in appearance, placed on the front of a tooth giving it a new “face”. In order to make veneers look naturally contoured and harmonious, it may or may not be necessary to remove tooth structure, depending on how big the teeth are to begin with, as well as the desired final tooth size and shape.
Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:
Tooth colour can change throughout one’s life, generally yellowing with age and time. Also if we consume certain foods and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine) or if we smoke our teeth may get yellowish and stained. Whitening can help, but the degree the teeth will whiten is dependent on the starting point. Some teeth with excessive discoloration never achieve an acceptable colour with simple tooth whitening. A veneer, however, has the ability to mask colour and therefore provides greater latitude when making a colour shift to whiter and brighter.
Abnormal wear on teeth can make them appear shorter, flatter or rough along the edges. Younger teeth have rounder shaped edges. Therefore, veneers can give you a more youthful smile not only making the teeth whiter, and brighter, but also by redesigning them to incorporate the features that make them look more youthful.
Sometimes the only thing keeping a person’s smile from being all it can be is simply that the teeth are too small. Maybe they’ve always been that way or maybe they became shorter with wear, over time. Veneers can be used to make the teeth appear larger for a dramatic enhancement. Likewise, if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma, you might benefit more from porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth and reduce the risk for future problems.
If you want to close a small gap between your two front teeth, for example, or if some of your teeth are misaligned, there are a couple of ways you could straighten them. You could opt for orthodontic treatment, if they are very crooked, which would move them into correct alignment. Veneers can make slight corrections in alignment while improving colour and shape at the same time. Of course, if the gap is large or the misalignment significant, orthodontics might still be the way to go, or a combination of both might be needed for best possible results.

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