A small chip can be a major flaw when it comes to teeth. Even small imperfections draw the eye and can feel uncomfortable against your tongue. And left untreated, some cracks can widen, exposing the inner parts of your tooth to infection. One common treatment for damaged or chipped teeth is the application of porcelain veneers.
Cosmetic tooth veneers are thin ceramic shells applied to the surface of your teeth. They can be coloured and shaped in a variety of ways to match your other teeth and beautify your smile. Once applied, they cover chips and discoloration, replacing them with the appearance of a natural, perfect tooth.
In the past, the first step in applying veneers was to file down the tooth to make room for the new layer of porcelain. But now, with new advanced veneering technology available at Lane Ends Dental Practice , chipped teeth can be covered with ultra thin prepless veneers. These veneers are an exciting new option that allows us to fasten your veneers directly to your enamel without removing any of your natural tooth, making them a perfect choice for anyone concerned about damaging their tooth’s natural structure. They’re especially effective for those who want to enlarge small teeth. With
Porcelain veneers can be used to repair chipped teeth that are located in the smile zone. Porcelain laminate veneers consist of several thin layers of ceramic. Using a special adhesive, the veneers are bonded to the tooth to replace the original enamel. A very small amount of the original tooth enamel (generally less than a millimeter) in preparing for the veneer to create room for a comfortable fit.
Veneers may not be right for everyone. Chipped teeth which have been badly damaged by decay may not be able to hold a veneer, and may need other treatment. But for many people, veneers are a versatile and long-lasting treatment for almost any cosmetic dental problem.
If you are unsatisfied with your smile, or are looking for ways to repair damage to your teeth, call our office to schedule an exam. We are happy to offer more information about veneers and other treatments, so that you can make the choice that’s right for your smile.