What is the purpose of dental veneers?

by | Mar 4, 2016 | Dentist

Teeth take a great deal of abuse, even with the best dental care teeth can become discolored, chipped or crack on the surface. Being able to smile is important, it makes the person feel good and is helps immeasurably to improve one’s confidence, when discolored, damaged or misshapen teeth make this awkward the person feels an obligation to cover his or her mouth as they are ashamed of showing their teeth in public. There is no reason to suffer; dentists in Waikoloa have the answer, porcelain veneers.

What is a porcelain veneer?

The word “veneer” applies to a thin cover material that makes something look better than it actually is; it can apply to a piece of furniture just the same way it can apply in dentistry. A porcelain veneer is a wafer thin shell that mimics the appearance of the front of a tooth where it is placed. Once the veneer is in place, the tooth takes on a new look, one which covers the flaws. In many cases, the dentist must prepare the tooth first by removing a layer which is equal to the thickness of the veneer.

Veneers improve or enhance the color, shape and size of teeth.

The color:

As one ages, it is inevitable that tooth color changes, generally the teeth will take on a yellow cast. This can be caused by age; it can also be caused by one’s choice of food and beverages as well as smoking cigarettes. Red wine, coffee, and tea are notorious agents for discoloring teeth. Although tooth whitening, another cosmetic dental procedure can help, teeth which excessively discolored and especially teeth with physical imperfections cannot really be helped using this procedure. It is easier for dentists in Waikoloa mask the tooth with a veneer.

The shape:

With the amount of use and abuse that teeth get it is inevitable that they will wear down or become rough on the leading edges. If you have ever noticed the shape of a young person’s teeth you will see they have rounded edges, porcelain veneers can make the teeth whiter and brighter, they can also make them look as they did during one’s youth.

Tooth size:

There are many people who have teeth which are too small for their face; it may be that they were born this way or perhaps the teeth have worn down over time. Veneers can be used to make the teeth appear larger, but it is always best to have the dentists in Waikoloa determine the cause as it may be a situation that calls for crowns rather than veneers.

Once it has been established that the patient is a great candidate for veneers Dr. Brian S. Kubo, DDS can enhance your smile in two visits to the office.

One of the most common cosmetic procedures that dentists in Waikoloa are asked to perform is to fit porcelain veneers to the visible surfaces of teeth which are discolored or damaged. You are invited to make an appointment with Brian S. Kubo, DDS, Inc.

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