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Even minor imperfections in your smile can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious in social and work situations. If you have a chipped, discolored or misshapen tooth, or if you have a tooth that is too short, or improperly spaced, you should talk to our dentist, Dr. Scott A. Young about dental veneers.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are colored and shaped to fit directly over the fronts of your teeth. They can be used to conceal minor damage, lengthen a tooth that is too short, or close the gap between teeth that are unevenly spaced. They do not require surgery but the dentist will need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to help the veneers adhere to your tooth. Because of that, the process is irreversible.

Your veneers can last 10 to 15 years if you take proper care of them. That means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Although the veneers protect the fronts of your teeth, the backs of your teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay. The cement on your veneer may wear out over time, and if your veneer should fall off, call the dentist and bring it your appointment.

Eating hard foods, chewing on ice or objects and grinding or clenching your teeth can damage your veneers. Use our best judgment when it comes to the food you eat, and if you habitually grind your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard while you sleep.

If you are interested in improving your smile with veneers, we would love to see you for a consultation. If you would like to make an appointment at Scott A. Young, DDS in Charlotte, North Carolina, call 704-541-5900 today.