O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentist Discusses How Dental Veneers are Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

Written by Dr. Brace on Nov 8, 2011

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists utilize a number of different treatment options and methods to rejuvenate our patients’ smiles.  One of the most versatile of these treatment options is probably cosmetic veneers. We use veneers to correct many different aesthetic dental problems, and they are always customized to complement the patient’s smile and natural teeth.


What are dental veneers?


Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain. These porcelain pieces cover the outside of a patient’s tooth (or multiple teeth) to give the appearance of a white, smooth, unblemished tooth surface. Veneers are made of porcelain because porcelain refracts and reflects light similarly to dental enamel, and because porcelain is quite strong when it is bonded to natural enamel.


What can dental veneers do?


Cosmetic dentists use porcelain veneers to make teeth appear smoother, whiter, and younger. Here are some common ways that our O’fallon cosmetic dentists use dental veneers:


·      Veneers can resurface dull, stained, or pitted dental enamel

·      Veneers can close unsightly gaps between teeth

·      Veneers can make a smile appear straight and in proportion

·      Veneers can be used to resurface cracked or chipped teeth

·      Veneers can lengthen or widen the appearance of small teeth


As you can see, porcelain veneers can correct a number of cosmetic problems, and best of all they can correct multiple problems in just one or two visits. Say for example, that you’d like a whiter smile and to close gaps between your teeth. You may opt for dental veneers because you can accomplish both of these goals with one treatment, rather than going through years of braces.


Every patient needs to find a cosmetic treatment that works for him or her, uniquely. If you’ve been thinking about pursuing dental veneers, give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call for more information at (636) 614-1217. When you schedule a consultation we can discuss your case in more detail and review the treatment timeline.