Using Veneers for Non-Cosmetic Purposes

Dr. Wilcox, located in Butte, Montana, offers veneer consultations to help you decide if this simple restoration is the right

Many only think of veneers as a solution for Hollywood stars in search of the perfect smile. And it’s true, many celebrities have cosmetically enhanced their smiles with veneers. But if you think dental veneers serve only cosmetic purposes, think again. In addition to cosmetic concerns, Robert F. Wilcox, DMD, PC, also uses veneers to treat a number of non-cosmetic dental issues. 

Dr. Wilcox, located in Butte, Montana, offers veneer consultations to help you decide if this simple restoration is the right choice for your dental problems. 

What does getting veneers entail?

Dental veneers are thin, durable shells of tooth-colored porcelain that cover the outer, visible surface of your teeth. During your consultation with Dr. Wilcox, he will discuss your aesthetic goals and reasons for wanting dental veneers. To ensure the best outcome, he evaluates your teeth size, alignment, and color, your gum health, and even your skin tone and facial appearance. 

All these factors contribute to your suitability for veneers, and how they will match your teeth and face to make the best possible smile. If you are a suitable candidate for veneers, our office staff can schedule an appointment for the actual procedure. You will likely need two appointments; one for measurements and molds, and the second to actually attach the veneers after they are custom-made in a dental lab. 

Dr. Wilcox will need to remove some of your tooth enamel to make room for veneers, which are permanent and irreversible. While the procedure is permanent, the veneers themselves eventually need to be replaced. Most patients need a new set of veneers every 10-15 years. 

How can veneers correct problem areas?

In addition to being used for strictly cosmetic reasons, veneers can cover minor dental concerns such as chips, cracks, or gaps, or even straighten a crooked smile. Misaligned teeth create hard-to-clean places, increasing your risks of tooth decay. Straightening and aligning your teeth with veneers makes oral hygiene easier and more effective.

Veneers can also be used in some cases as an alternative to crowns, especially if you're mainly considering a crown for aesthetic reasons. Not everyone who needs a crown can substitute a veneer. Dr. Wilcox can advise you of the best options. 

Add strength to teeth

The enamel covering the surface of your teeth is the strongest material in your entire body, including bone. However, aging and regular wear and tear from use can still wear it away over time.  

Veneers add strength to weakening tooth enamel, so your teeth remain strong and well-protected against decay. For cracked or chipped teeth, veneers can be used to hold teeth together, preventing tooth loss or the need for more extensive solutions. 

Realign your bite

Sometimes, veneers can correct misaligned teeth, instead of traditional braces. Unlike braces, veneers are a permanent way to reshape your bite. And, unlike braces, veneers improve the appearance of your smile while they adjust the alignment of your teeth. Depending on the type and degree of your teeth misalignment, veneers may be an alternative to braces. 

How can I get veneers?

Dr. Wilcox can place a veneer on a single tooth or cover all your teeth at the same time. If you would like to discuss the option of dental veneers for aesthetic or corrective purposes, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wilcox today. You may call our office at 406-851-9375 to set your initial appointment, or use our handy online booking tool


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