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Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.


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Veneers: Why Get Them?

by April Myers

If you want to have a more beautiful and even smile but don't want braces, or you have already had braces and don't need them again, veneers can be a wise decision. What are veneers, and why would you consider them? Use this guide to help you learn more about veneers to help you make the best decision for your oral health.

What are veneers?

You've heard of veneers before. They are replacement teeth covers that cap the tops of teeth. These covers are either made of a composite or porcelain material. The goal of veneers is to make the teeth look more shapely and attractive. They may also be placed over the teeth to help preserve and strengthen them.

Think of veneers like a dental crown, only for the front and more noticeable teeth. If you need to get veneers, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon who can perform the work for you or even a cosmetic surgeon who can do it. The cost for veneers may be covered by insurance, in part, if they are considered a medical or dental need and not merely a cosmetic one.

Why get veneers?

If you need veneers, there are a variety of reasons to get them. You can consider veneers for any of the following reasons.

Your teeth are small compared to your gums or face

If you have shorter teeth that are not quite in tune with your gum line or the rest of your face, you can get veneers. They can help make your face look more symmetrical.

Your teeth are uneven

If you have uneven teeth that are ridged and look almost crooked in appearance, then you can consider veneers to help make your teeth look more even. This can be done instead of braces, or in addition to braces.

Your teeth are damaged

A chipped or otherwise damaged tooth can be repaired with veneers. This not only helps to reinforce the teeth, but it also helps to make them look more aesthetically pleasing. Your dental insurance may cover some of the costs of composite or porcelain veneers if you have a dental reason to have them put in.

In the end, it's up to you to decide if veneers will work best for you or if another dental solution is right for you. Your dentist will schedule a consultation to have you fitted for veneers to give you the best results.