What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: October 12, 2020
Body hang-ups and personal insecurities can cause a lot of stress, especially when it comes to something like teeth – commonly one of the first things someone will notice about you.
Hiding your smile because of chips, discolouration or misalignment can have overall negative impacts on your confidence.
Thankfully, today there are multiple dentistry treatments that can be used to target such cosmetic issues including yellowing, stained or discoloured teeth, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth and gaps.
However, what many people don’t realise is that these issues are not always solely cosmetic, and if they are not treated fast enough, they can often have long term effects on your oral health more broadly.
How do I know if my issue is cosmetic or general?
Since we promote a unique, bespoke approach to dentistry, we believe each individual case should be treated accordingly.
Typically, there is usually a cosmetic interest for patients even when it comes to general dentistry issues.
For example, although it can cause issues later in life if you leave a gap in your mouth empty, it can also be unsightly so patients have a cosmetic incentive to fill the gap.
The best way to stay on top of your oral health is to organise regular check-ups where we can target any issues before they become serious.
What oral/teeth issues can veneers help with?
- Discoloured teeth: One of the most common complaints people make about their teeth is the staining. Veneers allow you the opportunity to choose your ideal teeth colour, whether that is a sparkling white or more natural shade. Teeth whitening is also an option to treat this, but veneers allow you to target more issues at once and is often more effective.
- Worn teeth: If you have an uneven jawline or your bite doesn’t line up exactly, overtime this can lead to attrition of the teeth. Your teeth can also become worn through abrasion from toothpaste and toothbrushes, or erosion from acidic foods and drinks. Worn teeth is a common issue for many patients, and if left untreated it can lead to discomfort in your jaw joints.
- Filed teeth: If you have had a previous dental operation where your teeth need to be filed down and have been filed too far, veneers can help lengthen the shortened tooth and leave you with a more symmetrical smile. This will stop from any further attrition from an uneven bite.
- Uneven teeth: It is completely normal to have uneven teeth, and if you did not receive braces when you were younger you may turn to veneers as an adult for a quick and effective solution.
- Teeth with gaps: Although gaps in the teeth may seem like a solely aesthetic issue, empty space in the mouth can lead to; chewing and digestive issues, bad breath or even pain and bleeding in the gums. Gaps in the teeth can be treated by several solutions including both veneers and braces.
- Oversized teeth: Some people may have teeth that are naturally too big for their mouth. This issue can be a great concern and causes a lot of self-consciousness in patients.
- Crooked teeth: Crooked teeth can be both a genetic issue and an issue that develops over time. If your jaw is for example too small for your mouth, it can lead to growth issues that cause your teeth to become crooked.
- Misaligned teeth: If your teeth stick out or stick in too much, this may lead to an unattractive smile and uneven bite.
- Small teeth: Often, adult teeth grow in too small for the mouth and gaps between teeth can lead to an unattractive appearance or can at least be a cause for concern amongst some people. By building on your natural teeth, veneers can be manufactured to give the perfect sized surface area for your mouth.
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