You may have seen the offer of veneers at your dentist’s office, or maybe you heard of them elsewhere and just don’t know much about them or if they’d be right for you. There are a ton of benefits to getting veneers, and actually very few downsides. Not only do they solve a number of problems and prevent lots of others, but they are also very versatile and are applicable to a large number of dental situations.
Veneers Are Simple
Firstly, and maybe most importantly, dental veneers are a simple way to perform cosmetic repairs and restorations to teeth. They are extremely thin covers for your teeth, made from porcelain and often strengthened with other compounds, and are molded specifically for each individual that needs them.
They are colored the same as your natural dentition so they blend in with your smile seamlessly, even reflecting light in the same way. They don’t stain easily and can be applied over broken or missing teeth.
Veneers Are A Solid Dental Investment
Your dental health is something that is going to follow you around no matter where you go and what you do. With that in mind, people who evaluate veneers as a potential treatment are likely to see the potential investment in better dental health.
The benefits only start at permanent whitening and orthodontic camouflage, and while veneers are frequently more expensive than many other cosmetic dental treatments, the longevity of the benefits often greatly outweighs the price. They are one of the longest-lasting beautifying and protective treatments that you can obtain for your teeth.
They Are A Robust And Nearly Permanent Dental Treatment
Veneers, and porcelain veneers, in particular, are as permanent of cosmetic treatment as one can get for their original teeth. They resist rot and decay far better than real teeth since they are non-porous, which means they also are able to resist the staining and discoloration that real teeth are prone to.
Not only will they resist stains, discoloration, and bacterial accumulation, but they will continue to do so for a long time. The average porcelain veneers can last more than a decade with proper maintenance and care, with up to 15 years being common
Veneer Maintenance Is Incredibly Easy
Unlike some other dental appliances or orthodontic gear, veneer maintenance is super-easy. That’s because there isn’t any additional or special maintenance you need to perform to keep your veneers looking their best.
You will need to brush twice each day, flossing at least once during the day to ensure your veneers stay as clean and healthy as possible. Regular checkups with your dental health team and periodic in-office cleanings will make sure your veneers have a long and beautiful life of protecting your teeth.
They Remove The Need For Future Whitening Treatments
There are many people who schedule regular appointments for teeth whitening services without realizing that veneers could help them avoid repetitive whitening appointments. Natural teeth are porous, allowing them to absorb stains from things like coffee, wine, and tobacco.
Veneers, on the other hand, are non-porous, so they are much more resilient and resistant to discoloration or stains of any kind. They are frequently made from porcelain, or composite, so they are incredibly hard to stain and stay bright white for years.
Veneers Can Help Treat Enamel Loss
While tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances our body produces, it is still able to be worn down relatively reliably over time. This can happen from any number of sources, including eating and drinking acidic and sugary products, overly-enthusiastic brushing activities, and even bad cases of reflux can result in the loss of tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel is gone, it cannot be replaced, and so veneers offer a simple way to protect the teeth in the event of enamel loss or potential enamel loss.
They Are An Actual Quick Fix
The speed with which veneers can be implemented once they have been decided on is relatively fast, with their installation being very quick as well. This can mean life-changing dental improvements for many people who have lived their lives with various cosmetic dental issues.
Some of the conditions that can be addressed through the use of veneers include:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Missing teeth
- Large gaps or inconsistent tooth spacing
- Misshapen or irregular teeth
- Discolored or permanently stained teeth
While gaps or irregular spacing in dentition can often be fixed with other methods, such as braces, veneers offer a way to cover up the appearance of the damage or condition, without having to endure the process and even the potential pain of fixing it.
This process is another reason why veneers are such a quick option compared to other treatments. Since the result isn’t the correction of the issue simply having it effectively hidden, it can save time and expense. The end result is a beautiful smile, with only you and your dentist knowing what cosmetic issues have been camouflaged.
Veneers Do Not Need Any Complex Procedures
Veneers are one of the least invasive cosmetic dental restoration options. They can usually be installed in only a few hours or less. The dentist will first prepare the surface of the teeth, then the veneer is applied with special dental veneer cement. Once they are applied, your dentist will double-check the coloration to make sure they blend seamlessly.
They Help Project A More Natural Appearance
Veneers aren’t a one-visit solution, but the quality and durability of the results definitely make them an option to consider. The first appointment will generally be to take the impressions of your teeth to have veneers molded for your specific dentition.
When they are done at the lab, they are then shipped to your dentist, who will make sure they are properly sculpted and ready for application. They are molded and colored to match your smile exactly, even being matched to your unique facial geometry and symmetry, so that you can immediately show off a natural-looking smile.