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Are your teeth discolored from too much Amelie’s coffee? Or are they worn-down, chipped, broken, misaligned or gapped? Not to worry, we at Carolina Smile Design have a great option for you: dental veneers.

According to WebMD, Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. But not to worry, we will help you decide the best choice of veneer material for you.

What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?

Thankfully, Veneers fix all sorts of problems. Typically, they are used to fix:
-Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
-Teeth that are worn down
-Teeth that are chipped or broken
-Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
-Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)

Are There Alternatives to Dental Veneers?

Why, yes, there are alternatives to veneers! The other options include bondings and crowns. Veneers offer a nice intermediate option. Veneers may be best suited for individuals who want to change the shape of their teeth more than just a little bit — as is done with bonding — but not enough to require a crown.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?

Veneers offer the following advantages:
-They provide a natural tooth appearance.
-Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
-Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
-The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
-Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

So if you want a pearly white smile for the next time you go out with your friends in Uptown, make an appointment with Carolina Smile Design. We will help you figure out if veneers are the right choice for you!

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