The Many Benefits of Veneers

If you’re unhappy with your smile, veneers can be an option that really provides the “wow” factor. From making your teeth look whiter to covering dental imperfections, veneers are a solution that can really transform the way you look.

Although this procedure usually isn’t covered by insurance, you may find that the investment is worth the boost in self-confidence. In this blog, Dana Samet, DDS, of Dental Art of South Bay explains more about the advantages of dental veneers. 

The benefits of veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells of porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of your natural teeth. They normally go on the teeth you can see when you smile. Most veneers last for about 10 years on average and must be replaced with new veneers, because we slightly file down your natural teeth to put them in place. Here are some of their many benefits:

Effective whitening

Whether you’ve tried over-the-counter tooth whitening products or have had professional tooth whitening, you may be less than satisfied with the results. That’s likely because there’s only so much that can be done with teeth whitening procedures. 

If you want to go more than a few shades lighter, veneers can be a far more effective way to lighten your teeth. While some habits, such as smoking and drinking coffee, can stain your teeth, some people also have internal staining of the dentin within their teeth. Veneers — which are stain resistant — can cover up these issues and give you a gleaming new smile.

Reshape your teeth

If your teeth have some imperfections, you’re not alone. Many people have slightly imperfect teeth. While you can live with the imperfections, you don’t have to anymore. Veneers can cover misshapen teeth and make them look uniform.

Veneers can cover up gaps between teeth, cover crooked teeth, and cover problematic areas of your teeth, such as cracks and chips. In many cases, veneers may be able to substitute for orthodontic treatment, though Dr. Samet will let you know if this is the case for you.

Reinforce teeth

If you have a tooth that has a chip or crack, its structural integrity could be compromised. Furthermore, if you’ve lost tooth enamel, there’s no way for it to regrow. Enamel can be lost in many ways, from brushing too hard to coming into contact with stomach acid too often.

Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or have lost enamel can also be more sensitive to hot and cold and be vulnerable to further damage. Veneers can reinforce teeth with these problems. Veneers can shore up weakened teeth and make them strong again.

Taking care of veneers

Because veneers are made of porcelain, it’s essential to treat them as you would your other teeth. Be careful when you eat hard foods, because veneers — just like your natural teeth — can crack under extreme pressure.

When it comes to oral hygiene, treat them like your other teeth. Brush and floss twice a day and get dental cleanings once or twice a year as your dentist directs.

If you would like to learn more about what results you can expect from veneers, we would love to talk with you. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Dental Art of South Bay today.

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