As we age, our teeth begin to show signs of wear and tear from a lifetime of use even if we take care of them as best we can. These cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, and misalignments can be embarrassing and make us hesitant to smile. If you find yourself spotting flaws in your smile whenever you look in the mirror, porcelain dental veneers could be for you, correcting these issues with one relatively simple procedure like a facelift for your smile.
Refresh Your Existing Smile With Dental Veneers
With porcelain dental veneers, Baltimore, MD dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes can improve the aesthetics of your smile by correcting the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Dental veneers can remove unsightly spaces between your teeth, reshape irregular looking teeth or whiten stained teeth. Maybe your teeth are chipped or are showing signs of wear? Porcelain veneers can shield them from further damage while also restoring their appearance in a way that looks and feels natural.
Foods that are dark or acidic, like coffee, most fruit, and sugar can stain our enamel, while also causing sensitivity within our teeth. Everything we eat and drink affects our bodies AND our teeth but some things — like coffee or fruit juice — more than others. If you have both minor damage and also staining, porcelain veneers could be a way to correct the two issues at once..
For minor gaps between teeth, or a few misaligned teeth, dental veneers are a faster and more affordable option than traditional orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are custom-made for each patient’s mouth and fastened over your existing teeth, so Dr. Desbordes can design yours to cover any minor misalignment, gaps, or cracks that you may have.
Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?
The veneers are installed by Dr. Desbordes after he removes the outermost layer of enamel. This process allows the veneers to fit in your mouth without crowding it and changing the shape of it. Then your veneers are fastened over your newly-prepared teeth. This process differs from a dental crown or a dental implant where the damaged teeth are altered or removed. When you have dental veneers the teeth in your smile will still be your own natural teeth, just protected and refreshed.
There are some patients for whom porcelain veneers may not be the best option at this time. For example, those individuals who suffer from bruxism (habitual grinding of teeth) may want to consult with Dr. Desbordes about addressing this issue before veneers are installed. Teeth grinding can damage veneers. Also, patients with very sensitive teeth may not want to undergo the preparatory procedure until this issue is addressed as the removal of the enamel can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, most patients are able to benefit from veneers or are able to consider other cosmetic options provided by Dr. Desbordes once the above issues have been settled.
Dental Veneers In Baltimore, MD
To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Byron Desbordes and his dental care team. Call (410) 277-0138 or schedule an appointment online today.