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Using Veneers To Fix Crooked Teeth

October 27, 2022

Crooked teeth are quite a common dental condition, and this often means you need to look at investing in a straighter smile so that your oral health doesn’t suffer. Traditional methods often require time and effort in order to make sure you get the results you’re looking for. And while these methods definitely work out effectively in the long run, there are instances where dental veneers may be a possible option to consider. This article will cover dental veneers in detail, and when exactly they can be used to fix crooked teeth!

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells, custom-designed to fit over your natural tooth and mask several minor aesthetic issues. They work well to improve the appearance of your teeth by making them look straighter, whiter and more uniform. Each veneer is usually crafted for the exact tooth it will be placed on; thus making sure the fit is nothing but a perfect match.

Since its primary goal is to improve the appearance of your smile, dental veneers are usually placed on more visible teeth. Of course, dental veneers cannot be used as a treatment for missing teeth or severely damaged teeth, but they can be placed on a tooth AFTER it has been treated and is fully healthy again. Since they cover up your enamel, it also means less exposure to bacteria and protection against future decay. Bear in mind, this doesn’t completely remove your chances of developing a cavity, however. They also help strengthen and stabilize weaker teeth.

Types of dental veneers

1. Porcelain veneers

This is the most common and popular type of dental veneer on the market. It is the strongest, most durable and also looks the most natural out of your options. A small portion of the enamel is removed, especially with porcelain veneers, to ensure the veneer lays flat and that the tooth isn’t bulky.

2. Composite veneers

Yet another popular type of veneer, composite veneers are made out of plastic, tooth-coloured materials. While not as strong as porcelain veneers, they are less expensive and can be quickly applied directly on to your teeth

3. Laminates

Dental laminates are sometimes considered an advanced porcelain veneer as they essentially share the same function but they’re thinner and with this option, your enamel doesn’t have to be altered.

Can you use dental veneers for a crooked smile?

Yes, dental veneers are quite commonly used as a cosmetic dental solution for crooked teeth. This porcelain shell that is bonded over the front of a tooth helps cover slightly crooked teeth, gaps and other small imperfections, like chips or discolored teeth, that you may want to mask. If you don’t want to go through orthodontic treatments or you’re pressed for time, dental veneers are the best alternative available to improve your smile as fast as possible. Orthodontics can take up to two years to complete, but your dental veneers can be ready to go in just around two visits to the dentist.

Since veneers are tailor-made to your smile, and in a colour that matches your natural smile, this ensures the smoothest finish. However, it’s worth noting that dental veneers can’t be used if you suffer from a severe case of misalignment. The best way to identify if you are an eligible candidate is to come in for a quick consultation but here are some instances where we may suggest braces or another form of orthodontics:

  • Malocclusion
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

How long do dental veneers last?

Your dental veneers can last for as long as 10 to 15 years with the right care and maintenance (this also varies from individual to individual). In order to make your investment last as long as possible, you need to make sure you brush regularly, floss daily and avoid eating/drinking things that are too acidic. Coming in for your regular dental checkups for a professional cleaning will also go a long way in ensuring your oral health is on point.

Suffering from crooked teeth and wondering whether you can get dental veneers? Come in for a consultation at Melton Dental, our dentist will take a look and give you the best options for your smile!