Reasons You May Require Porcelain Veneers

Dentist Blog

Although smiles are what will typically make an individual's appearance approachable, it is unfortunate to find that there are some people who may not be happy with theirs. This could be for a myriad of reasons that may not necessarily be health-related. To fix these issues, you may have to opt for porcelain veneers. This is an aspect of cosmetic dentistry as your regular dental plan may not cover any procedure carried out for aesthetic purposes. Here are some of the reasons why you may need to opt for porcelain veneers.

Chipped or cracked teeth

Generally, if a chip or a crack is extensive enough to inhibit the functionality of your tooth, then a general dentist will have to replace it. However, if the chips and cracks were minor, then porcelain veneers would be a better choice. The porcelain veneer is curated to match the natural appearance of your other teeth. It is then applied on top of the cracked tooth to hide the damage, thus restoring your smile.

Stained teeth

Staining will typically happen over time depending on your dietary preferences. Generally, people who love their red wine, coffee and nicotine will have far more staining to deal with than the average person that does not ingest these. The most common treatment for staining is over-the-counter products that promise to work toward whitening your teeth. However, these are not fully effective. You could also opt to have your teeth whitened by a cosmetic dentist but this will require numerous return visits as well as steering clear from the foods that caused the staining in the first place. If you have severe staining and would like a quick fix, you could opt for porcelain veneers. These will be applied to all your teeth to ensure that you have a uniform smile.

Widely spaced teeth

Although gaps in your teeth are a natural occurrence for some people, not everyone is comfortable with them. This could range from a single gap between your incisors or perhaps your teeth are all individually spaced out. Depending on your own self-esteem, this could be a cause of embarrassment. The good news is that you can fix these gaps through porcelain veneers. Although the more common fix for this is dental bonding, the cosmetic dentist at a place like Collins Dental Image can assess how far your teeth are spaced and determine whether porcelain veneers will suffice.

Your teeth are worn down

If you are a grinder, chances are your teeth will start wearing down over time. This makes them shorter and gives the impression of a gummy smile. A cosmetic dentist can use dental veneers to elongate your teeth and return them to their regular size.


6 October 2015

Unraveling Dental Myths about Children: A Blog for Parents

When I had my first child, I was a nervous wreck. Every book I read gave different advice, and I just wanted to be right! By the time I had my third child, some of the stress had abated. I now realised, there were tons of different perspectives on everything related to raising children including dentistry. To help parents, I have created this blog dedicated to unraveling dental myths about children. I am including posts that weigh both sides of issues such as thumb sucking, dental caries, breastfeeding, flossing and any other topic I can think of. I hope you find the information you need to unravel dental myths, but most importantly, I hope you find some peace of mind. With kids and dentistry, there can be more than one right answer, and I want you to be able to relax and go with the answer that's right for you.