If you have a smile with minor imperfections, such as a few chips here and there, a crack or two, discoloration from coffee or tea, or even some small gaps between the teeth, it’s normal to feel a bit self-conscious about smiling. Luckily, dental veneers are a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, that has little to no discomfort, and can quickly and easily help recreate your beautiful smile. Let’s jump into what dental veneers are, and the benefits of getting them.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or composite-resin that are made to bond with and fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. They are used to address a wide variety of small imperfections including gaps in the teeth, discoloration, and minor cracks or chips. Dental veneers are an excellent option for individuals who want to make small changes to their smile, like changing the overall shape, color, or length of their teeth.
7 Benefits of Getting Dental Veneers
While dental veneers are not reversible, they are very strong and durable. With proper care, they can last for more than a decade, and they come with several benefits that make them an attractive choice for those who wish for a minimally-invasive option that has natural-looking results.
- Minimal Enamel Removal for Adhesion.
The biggest benefit of dental veneers is that they are bonded to your teeth with an adhesive, ensuring that only a small amount of your tooth’s enamel is removed during the procedure. This is fantastic, as your tooth enamel is what protects your teeth from tooth decay and sensitivity. Other types of dental procedures require you to lose quite a bit of your natural tooth before you become a good candidate for them (crowns, bridges, etc.).
- Dental Veneers are Stain Resistant.
Even if you’re a big fan of red wine or coffee, you won’t have to worry about booking routine whitening treatments. Dental veneers are highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea, and red wine as both porcelain and composite-resin are non-porous. As a result, they resist discoloration much better than your tooth’s natural enamel. You can enjoy your favorite foods and drinks without worrying about them affecting the color of your teeth.
- Veneers Can Fix a Wide Variety of Cosmetic Concerns.
Dental veneers are quite a versatile cosmetic procedure, and are often used to address a wide variety of minor dental issues. As we mentioned before, they can be used to fix minor chips, cracks, and gaps in the teeth. But they can also be used to change the overall shape, color, or length of your teeth. If you have a tooth that is slightly crooked, or if you want to change the color of your teeth from yellow to white, dental veneers may be the right choice for you.
- Veneers Can Improve the Longevity of Your Teeth.
While dental veneers are not a replacement for good oral hygiene, they can help improve the overall health of your teeth. For teeth that have already been damaged and may have a weaker structure as a result, dental veneers provide an extra layer of protection, helping you to keep them around for longer.
- No Extra Maintenance is Required.
With dental veneers, you don’t have to do anything differently in terms of care or maintenance. Simply brush and floss your teeth as normal, and make sure to visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. There’s no need to avoid certain foods and drinks, but make sure to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you do have any problems with your dental veneers.
- Seamless & Natural Appearance.
Dental veneers are custom-made to you, which means that they will fit your natural teeth perfectly. To ensure that they are a seamless fit, an impression is made of your teeth, and then when they are attached, they are sculpted to blend right in. No one will be able to tell the difference, and no one will know that you have them except you and your dentist.
- A Simpler Approach to an Aesthetically Pleasing Smile.
Dental veneers offer you a simpler solution to achieving the beautiful smile you desire. So long as the minor imperfection being fixed does not have any bearing on your overall health, there’s no reason to go with a more complicated dental procedure. Instead, you can opt for dental veneers which will be significantly cheaper, and can be completed in a fraction of the time as some other cosmetic dental procedures.
If you’re considering getting dental veneers but still have some questions or concerns, reach out to one of our team members here at Family, Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. We can help you decide if dental veneers are the right choice for you and answer any questions that you may have. Dental veneers are an excellent way to improve your smile and give you the confidence you need to show your teeth. Schedule a consultation today!