As you age, there are multiple issues that may occur with your teeth. Veneers can help correct these cosmetic problems. Here are a few issues that may arise due to age and how they can be corrected with dental veneers:
Loss of Enamel
As a person gets older, his or her tooth enamel gradually wears away. The loss of the enamel is often due to repeated exposure to acids as well as mechanically abrasive substances.
Tooth enamel is whiter then the underlying layer of tooth material, which is called dentin. As the enamel erodes, the teeth take on a yellow appearance. There is no way to recover lost tooth enamel. However, dental veneers can be applied to the teeth to conceal any yellow dentin and whiten the teeth.
In addition, staining that is due to the absorption of pigments from food and drinks that you have consumed over the years can also be covered. To lessen the expense of the veneers, your dentist may suggest that they only be applied to the teeth that are displayed when you speak, laugh or smile.
As the years progress, teeth tend to shift out of position. This shifting is a natural occurrence that is often due to changes in the density of the jawbone. Teeth that once appeared perfectly straight may seem a bit uneven over time.
Dental veneers can be applied over the misaligned teeth to give the illusion of perfect alignment.
In the same manner that teeth tend to become misaligned, they can also develop larger interdental spacing. Gaps between your teeth can give them an haphazard appearance. Dental veneers can be used to make your teeth appear closer together and more uniform. This can be achieved by your dentist through the designing of veneers that are slightly wider than the underlying teeth. The wide veneers give the appearance of more closely set teeth.
Chips and Cracks
Aging teeth tend to be more brittle. Thus, they may be more susceptible to chips and cracks. A veneer can be used to cover the chip or crack of a tooth. In addition, as the veneer covers the tooth, it helps reinforce its structure so that additional damage to the tooth becomes less likely.
If your teeth are displaying unattractive signs of aging, veneers may be able to help. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area to learn more about veneers and to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for their application.
For dental veneers, contact an office such as Elgazzar Dentistry.