As a personal feature of the face, your smile says a great deal about you. If you are not happy with what your smile is saying, it will have a great impact on how others view you and how you portray yourself. If you feel self-conscious about your smile, you tend to hide it behind closed lips or your hands, or maybe not offer a warm smile at all. You may have a tender heart, yet withholding your smile from others may give the impression that you are standoffish and unfriendly. Making the choice to improve the appearance of your smile is something that you can do more easily than you may think.
The “Hollywood Smile” has been all the rage for over a decade. People want a bright, white, perfect smile – yet few people naturally have one. Dental veneers have been used for almost a century to help people create a smile that they are proud to show off. Dental veneers are extremely thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the natural teeth to completely change the appearance of the teeth. Dental veneers are a strictly cosmetic procedure that can be used on most healthy teeth.
Even though dental veneers are strictly cosmetic, they do require the permanent alteration to the natural teeth. Dental veneers must always be chosen with this in mind because once the teeth are altered, they cannot be reversed. Dental veneers, or other cosmetic procedures, will always be necessary. In order to have room for the veneers to be placed on top of the natural teeth, the enamel must be filed down so that the veneers do not add unnecessary thickness to the teeth. The teeth are generally filed down approximately one millimeter or less. Dental veneers are bonded to the tooth enamel with a special resin that reacts with a strong adhesion under a distinctive curing light. Veneers are able to be color matched to the natural teeth if only a few teeth are being treated, or they can be a beautiful, brand new shade of white to completely transform your smile.
Dental veneers are typically used for the following cosmetic improvements:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Slightly misaligned teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
Contact Group Health Dental in Manhattan to learn more.