The Benefits of Dental Veneers
Advances in dentistry have made it easier than ever to get that perfect Hollywood smile. Thanks to modern day dental veneers, your teeth can be transformed in about the same amount of time it takes to watch a football game. So what are the benefits of dental veneers?
Dental veneers are ultrathin custom-made shells that are bonded to your existing teeth to instantly change the appearance of your smile. They are made out of medical-grade porcelain or resin composite materials, both of which have pros and cons. Resin shells are thinner and don’t require much of the original tooth surface to be buffed, but porcelain veneers reflect light better (similar to a natural tooth) and are more stain resistant.
Since the veneers are incredibly versatile and individually crafted, they can be used to mask a plethora of cosmetic dental conditions and orthodontic issues at the same time without the time and financial investment in braces or other dental procedures. Some of these dental conditions are:
- Minor mis-alignments
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for veneers right from the start. If you have excessive tooth decay or gum disease, you’ll need to correct these issues before getting porcelain veneers. Also, if you severely grind your teeth at night, you’ll want to take precautions against excessive wear on that new smile.
However, after your dentist has cleared you for the procedure, it only takes about two visits to complete the transformation. During the first appointment the cosmetic dentist will prep your teeth for the veneers by shaving down a miniscule amount of enamel and making molds which will be used to create the new shells. As soon as the veneers are ready, they will be permanently bonded to your teeth after the dentist has ensured a perfect fit.
One of the best benefits of dental veneers is that once they’re in place, they only require the same basic maintenance as your natural teeth – daily brushing and flossing. But as an added bonus, veneers can actually make the covered tooth stronger than it was originally, especially if you have sensitive teeth.
In a very short amount of time and just a couple visits to the dentist, you can have a whiter, straighter and more confident smile thanks to the magic of dental veneers.