Porcelain veneers cover teeth in the smile zone that have slight chips, cracks, and discoloration. If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, it’s time to set up a consultation with one of our dentists. We can help you explore your options for cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers. Continue reading to learn why we may recommend dental veneers for your smile. For more information, don’t hesitate to call our office.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
1. Cover Chips, Cracks, and Discoloration
Dental veneers are able to fix small cosmetic issues that are visible when you smile or talk. During your consultation, your dentist will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for veneers. For example, your dentist may recommend veneers to close slight gaps between front teeth.
If the tooth is fragile, your dentist may instead recommend a crown to restore the tooth to its natural strength and appearance. Either way, your dentist will be able to find the right solution for your smile.
2. Keep More Natural Tooth Structure
Once you remove enamel, it’s gone for good. Fortunately, we only need to remove a small amount of enamel from the fronts of your teeth to make room for the veneers. Since the veneers process is noninvasive, you may not even need anesthesia while your dentist removes enamel.
While porcelain veneers are only bonded to the fronts of your teeth, dental crowns have to fit over the entire tooth. This means that your dentist would have to remove more enamel for a crown than for a veneer.
3. Smile with Confidence
The veneers procedure takes two trips to our office. During your first visit, your dentist will remove enough enamel from the fronts of your teeth so there’s space for the veneers. Otherwise, the porcelain veneers will make your teeth seem large and bulky. Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. To protect your teeth in the meantime, your dentist will place temporary veneers.
When you return to our office, your veneers will be ready. Your dentist will make sure the tooth restoration matches the color of your natural enamel. That way, you can smile with confidence after leaving our office. We may also need to slightly adjust the fit of the veneers so they look and feel natural.
4. Prevent Tooth Discoloration
Practicing good oral hygiene and being conscious of the foods you eat can help your veneers last for years to come. For example, dental veneers can chip if you bite down on ice and stain if you drink too much coffee. If you take good care of your veneer teeth, you can expect them to last about 10 years.
5. Enjoy Simple Maintenance
While veneers are stain resistant, you’ll still need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to maintain good oral health. Also, make sure you schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist. This easy maintenance will help you keep veneers pearly white so you can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile. Since dental veneers are non-porous, they are able to resist permanent stains and cavities better than natural tooth enamel. In other words, minimal effort is needed to maintain veneers.