Thanks to modern technological advances, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to fill cavities. Among the choices for cavity filling materials are natural tooth-colored materials such as resin-based composite fillings, and more traditional dental fillings such as those made of metal amalgam. The advent of new materials for fillings has been beneficial, especially in terms of aesthetics, but does not eliminate the appropriateness of traditional dental materials that are stronger, more durable, and less expensive. These materials are best used in situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from regular chewing, especially in the back of the mouth.
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)