Porcelain Veneers – What Cosmetic Problems do they Fix?

By on March 03, 2010

A beautiful smile can boost self-confidence, and one of the easiest ways to create a beautiful smile is with the use of porcelain veneers. Veneers are a valuable tool in a dentist’s arsenal, they can be used to change the shape, size, and color of teeth and fix common cosmetic dental concerns. The following is a list of dental concerns that can be remedied with porcelain veneers:

Tooth Discoloration


While professional teeth whitening can improve surface teeth stains from aging, smoking, and consumption of beverages like coffee and tea, some types of discoloration associated with use of prescription medications (tetracycline) or discoloration caused by dental work (fillings, root canals, etc) cannot be fixed with teeth bleaching. Fluoride use can also lead to discoloration. Porcelain veneers can be used to completely mask these imperfections.

Chipped or Broken Teeth


Accidents happen. Most people have at one time or another been involved in some kind of trauma that led to a broken or chipped tooth. If left untreated, a broken tooth can lead to complete loss of the tooth. Porcelain veneers can be used to instantly mask chipped and broken teeth.

Gapped Smile


Porcelain veneers are commonly used to cover gaps between teeth. The veneers are simply bonded over the natural teeth to quickly close up gaps without the need for orthotics.

Worn Teeth


Teeth grinding can quickly wear down teeth. This is certainly a cosmetic concern, but worn down teeth can also affect the function of the bite. Porcelain veneers can be placed over worn teeth to improve the appearance of your smile and also to reinforce the bite.

Misaligned Teeth


Porcelain veneers can be used in place of orthotics to straighten misaligned smiles. Covering crooked teeth with veneers is a quick and easy alternative to years of orthodontic work.


Not everyone is a candidate for porcelain veneers so it’s best to speak with a cosmetic dentist to find out if veneers are appropriate for your dental concerns.


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