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Veneers: Boost Your Confidence by Improving Your Smile

Mar 02, 2023
Your smile is one of the most overlooked self-esteem boosters — fix it, and you could fix your confidence. Here, we look at how veneers offer you the quickest way to a smile you can be proud of.

You know it the moment when a confident person walks into the room. Their head is held high, their eyes are bright, and you can bet they've got a great smile to boot. 

If you think that life is out of your reach, think again. 

Fixing your smile doesn't have to take years, and it doesn't have to empty your wallet. Drs. Scott McPherson, DDS and Jason Brown, DDS at Campustown Dental offer veneers — one of the fastest ways to fix a busted smile and give you your confidence back. 

Here's everything you need to know about veneers. 

The mental side of things

You can be a happy, confident person and have cosmetic smile problems, but there's no denying that fixing your smile gives you a boost. Research shows that smiling can have a significant effect on how you feel.

For instance, one study found that people who smile more tend to be happier and have greater self-esteem. Another study determined that folks who dodge the dentist actually wind up unhappier than their friends who see theirs regularly. This is primarily attributed to the fact that people who take care of their teeth don't have as many oral health problems (cosmetic or otherwise) that make them want to hide their smiles. 

The good news is you have tons of options when it comes to fixing your smile. We offer everything from deep cleaning and periodontics to a comprehensive suite of cosmetic dentistry services. 

One of our most popular is veneers. Here's a closer look at how they work. 

The basics

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or ceramic material that fit snugly over your teeth and cover the visible portions. We use them to quickly conceal and correct imperfections and damage that keep you from smiling. These are some of the problems we recommend veneers for. 

Gaps and space

A gap (or two or three) can put a damper on your smile, and they can interfere with your bite and ability to chew normally. But you don't necessarily need to rush to the orthodontist. We can design veneers to quickly fill your smile's minor gaps and spacing issues.

Stains and discoloration

Are your pearly whites looking a bit dingy these days? It's not surprising. Teeth stains and discolorations are one of the most common cosmetic concerns our patients ask us to fix. From the things you eat and drink to your medications and oral hygiene habits, stains are almost a matter of when, not if. Even the gradual effects of time can discolor your teeth. 

Worse, many of those stains don't respond to even the most aggressive whitening treatments.

Veneers cover the exterior of your teeth, allowing you to show off pearly whites worthy of the name. 

Chipped, cracked, and weakened teeth

Tooth damage can be painful, frustrating, and not to mention, embarrassing. Have no fear. Whether you've chipped or cracked your teeth or they're worn down and weak, veneers can help. Veneers reinforce weak teeth, repair broken teeth, and ultimately give you a cohesive smile you can be proud of. 

Misshapen teeth

Many things can cause imperfect or unusually shaped teeth, from genetics to uneven wear-and-tear. If you have one or more teeth that just don't look like the others, veneers may be a great option to even out your smile. 

Some alignment issues

There's a time and place for braces and orthodontic aligners, but veneers offer another option for those more minor alignment issues. For instance, if you're bothered by a tooth that's slightly out of place and doesn't cause any functional problems, we can correct it quickly with a strategically placed veneer. 

Curious to see if you're a candidate? We'd love to talk with you. Call our friendly staff at 515-292-7262 or use our online booking tool to schedule a consultation with our dentists at our Ames, Iowa office today.