Even if you have whitening treatments, braces, and regularly brush and floss your teeth, it isn’t easy to achieve a “perfect” smile. If you’ve noticed gaps, chips, or cracks in your teeth, don’t be discouraged; you may be a candidate for veneers, which will cover those imperfections and brighten your smile. Advanced Dental Concepts offer veneers in Hammond LA with our dental team – set up an appointment with us to learn whether you may be a candidate.
- If you need consultation for your veneers, talk with our trusted Hammond cosmetic dentistry team – we’ll be happy to show you the options and care we offer.
- We offer veneers in a variety of materials to fit all types of oral health needs.
- Our dentists recommend a veneer placement that can improve not just the appearance of your teeth, but also the structure of your smile, and it’s essential to keep them in good condition.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are small, thin pieces of high-quality porcelain or other material, molded into the shape of a tooth. They’re like a “mask” for your tooth: when placed on top of your natural tooth, they provide the appearance of a chip-less, crack-less tooth.
The veneer is as strong as your natural tooth – so it provides structure and strength to your smile if a gap or a crack was weakening your tooth. This will help keep your teeth from cracking further, exposing a nerve, or chipping, and help keep your other teeth aligned. Because veneers are as strong as your natural teeth, you can still eat all your favorite foods. Talk with one of our dentists to discover whether you are a candidate for veneers, and see an example of what they might look like.
Who Might Benefit from Veneers?
Everyone’s situation is different. The most common reasons for getting veneers include:
- Chips, cracks, and wear and tear on the teeth
- Crooked, uneven, or misshapen teeth
- Large gaps between teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth, especially those that are resistant to whitening (for
- example, if your teeth are discolored as a result of trauma or illness while the adult tooth was still being formed)
If you fall into one of these categories, we generally recommend a veneer placement procedure to keep the strength and structure of your teeth (although you need to talk to your dentist to be sure a veneer placement is right for you).
Chipped, Cracked or Damaged Teeth
If your teeth are chipped or cracked, a veneer can be recommended to strengthen them for a healthier smile.
Wear and tear, while not as obvious as chips and cracks, is inevitable for everyone: when you chew, your teeth rub against each other, slowly eroding each other. If you open bottles or other things with your teeth, they’ll wear down even faster than they would naturally. A veneer can protect your tooth from further wear and tear and cover any wear you’ve already experienced.
Uneven, Crooked or Misshapen Teeth
Crooked, uneven, or misshapen teeth can be straightened with braces – but sometimes, teeth are only slightly crooked, not nearly enough to justify braces. Other times, they simply appear crooked due to their shape, even though they are completely aligned. Veneers can be placed to give the appearance of perfectly-aligned perfectly-shaped teeth, allowing you to have a brighter smile. Our dentist in the city offers both braces and veneers and can advise you to the most efficient method for achieving a well-aligned smile.
Large gaps between teeth can cause alignment problems. These alignment problems can’t always be fixed with braces. Even if teeth are perfectly aligned, if there is a gap between your teeth, you risk misalignment as teeth move and shift. Misaligned teeth, in turn, can cause issues with wear and tear: when your teeth are misaligned, they can grind each other down faster than if they are properly aligned. Because veneers are as strong as natural teeth, they can be used to close a gap and strengthen your smile, allowing you to avoid the misalignment that leads to greater wear on your teeth.
Discolored teeth can sometimes be whitened with whitening treatments – however, whitening treatments must be refreshed every six to twelve months, and may not be effective in certain cases (your dentist will know whether or not a whitening treatment should help you). If you struggle with stained teeth and don’t want to refresh your whitening treatment, you can opt for veneers instead: veneers, unlike whitening, only need to be touched up every ten to twenty years. We offer both whitening and veneer services and would be happy to talk with you about which would work better for you.
Caring for Veneers
Veneers are easy to care for. Like your natural teeth, they simply need to be brushed with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and flossed regularly. We also recommend that you limit wine, beer, coffee, tea, dark cola and other acidic drinks, and other substances that could stain your veneer a darker color than you’d like. If you have questions about caring for veneers, talk with one of our dentists.
Veneer Services We Offer
If you’re interested in learning more, or finding out if you’re a candidate for veneer treatment, contact our dentists at 985-240-5445 for an appointment. We are ready to discuss the right veneer option for your situation, as well as other dental treatments to enhance the strength and look of your teeth. Let Advanced Dental Concepts help you with healthy teeth, mouth, and gums. We also offer professional Hammond teeth whitening and dentures to help you improve the appearance of your teeth more.
1607 Martens Dr, Hammond, LA 70401
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