Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

If you're only familiar with dental veneers as a cosmetic treatment, think again. In addition to cosmetic concerns like whiteness, straightness, and evenness, we at Palmieri Dentistry also use veneers to treat a number of potential non-cosmetic dental issues. 

Dr. Roberto Palmieri, a AACD accredited dentist, can help you decide if veneers are a good fit for your dental concerns. We treat patients in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, area for a variety of dental needs, including cosmetic and general dentistry.

What are veneers?

When you get dental veneers, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials like porcelain or resin cover the front surface of your teeth, changing their size and shape. Often, we need to remove some of your tooth enamel to make room for veneers, which are permanent and irreversible. 

While the procedure is permanent, the veneers themselves eventually need to be replaced. Most patients need a new set of veneers every seven to 15 years.

You may be most familiar with veneers as a primarily cosmetic procedure, but the technique has a number of other dental uses.

Correct problem areas

Veneers cover minor dental flaws like chipped or cracked teeth, or a gap-toothed or crooked grin. Alignment issues with your teeth create hard-to-clean crevices, increasing your risks of issues like tooth decay. Straightening and evening your teeth with veneers makes oral hygiene easier and more effective.

In some cases, veneers can also be used as an alternative to dental crowns, especially if you're mainly considering a crown for aesthetic reasons. Not everyone who needs a crown can substitute a veneer, though.

Strengthen your teeth

The enamel that forms the outer surface of your teeth is the strongest material found anywhere in your entire body, stronger than any of your other bones — but it still wears down over the years due to eating, brushing, and other activity. 

Veneers provide backup for weakening tooth enamel, keeping your teeth strong and well-protected from decay. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, veneers can be useful in holding your tooth together.

Reshape your bite

In some cases, veneers work similarly to dental devices like braces, correcting misaligned teeth. Unlike braces, which are made to be removed, veneers are a permanent way to reshape your bite. And, unlike braces, veneers improve the appearance of your smile while they adjust the alignment of your teeth. Depending on the kinds of misalignment you're dealing with, veneers may be an alternative to braces. We can help you decide if veneers can help you with your alignment issues.

Getting veneers typically takes three appointments, as we discuss your case, prepare your teeth, take molds for the veneers, and finally bond them securely in place. We can place a veneer on a single tooth or veneer all of your teeth at the same time. 

To schedule an initial consultation about non-cosmetic dental veneers with Dr. Palmieri, call our office today.

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