What Veneers Can (and Can't) Fix for a Confident Smile

Nov 01, 2022
What Veneers Can (and Can't) Fix for a Confident Smile
Embarrassed by your smile? Keep reading to discover if veneers can give you a smile you can’t wait to show off.

The experienced team at TLN Family Dental wants to give everyone the gift of confidence. Veneers can help you transform a smile you’ve been hiding into one you can’t wait to show off — but unfortunately, they can’t fix every dental issue.

Here are four dental issues we can correct with veneers and three we can’t.

Dental issues veneers can fix

Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain or resin-composite that we permanently attach to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. 

Veneers can treat many cosmetic dental issues, including:

1. Small spaces between teeth

Veneers can quickly fix small gaps between teeth without needing braces or other orthodontic treatments. The spaces must be small enough to allow your natural teeth to fully support the veneers. The veneers are customized to fit slightly wider than your natural teeth to fill in the spaces between your teeth.

2. Cracked or chipped teeth

Veneers cover the cracks or chips in your teeth to give a seamless appearance, whether the tooth cracked recently or you’ve had chipped or broken teeth for years. While veneers improve the appearance of cracked or chipped teeth, they also restore the tooth’s strength and add durability to the cracked tooth.

3. Stained or yellow teeth

Veneers can fix teeth that are too stained or discolored for teeth whitening treatments. Porcelain veneers also resist stains, so you’ll not only get a whiter, brighter smile when the veneers are placed, but you’ll enjoy whiter teeth for a long time.

4. Misshapen or undesirable tooth size

Our team can use veneers to help even out a smile when some of your teeth are larger than others or misshapen.

Dental issues veneers can’t fix

Veneers can fix many common cosmetic issues, but there are a few problems that require other dental or orthodontic treatments, including:

1. Crowded teeth

Veneers can help improve the appearance of slightly crooked teeth, but they can’t correct overcrowded teeth issues. We recommend orthodontics to move the teeth into place first.

2. Bruxism

If you grind or clench your teeth at night, veneers may not be the best solution for you. Clenching and grinding teeth can damage the veneers.

3. Tooth decay

Veneers can cover cracks and chips in your teeth, but if your teeth are decayed we can’t cover them with veneers. Instead, you’ll need the decay removed to ensure the teeth are healthy first.

4. Missing teeth

Veneers get attached to your existing teeth and cannot be used to replace a missing tooth. If you have gaps left in your smile from missing teeth, you can replace them with dentures or dental implants.

Experience a confident smile with veneers

Our dentists correct many unwanted dental issues with veneers. To find out whether veneers are a great option to get you the smile you want, call TLN Family Dental or schedule an appointment online today at either of our offices in Pearland or Houston, Texas to get started.