Are you tired of hiding your smile due to chipped, cracked, or stained teeth? Veneers may be your ticket to smiling again. Dental veneers are one option for improving your smile, especially if your teeth are malformed, very discolored, can’t be whitened, or are otherwise unsightly. Veneers are ideal because they can be completed in only two visits, and porcelain has the authentic look of real teeth and is stain-resistant.
What are Veneers?
Veneers cover the front surfaces of your teeth to enhance your smile and camouflage cosmetic flaws. Dental veneers are custom-fitted coverings placed over the front surfaces of your teeth. They are created by technicians using high-quality dental materials, such as tooth-colored composite or porcelain.
Dental veneers are mainly for cosmetic purposes. They can be used to conceal several dental aesthetic imperfections, including gaps, cracks, chips, and discolorations. They can also be a viable option for hiding teeth that are misshapen or too small.
The Pros and Cons of Veneers
Before deciding if dental veneers are right for you, consider their pros and cons and discuss them in addition to your dental care goals with your dental care provider.
Dental veneers offer many benefits. For example, they:
- Can significantly enhance your smile’s appearance
- Blend in with your natural teeth, providing realistic results
- Resist staining better than natural tooth enamel
- Don’t require any additional maintenance other than your typical, proper dental care routine
- Can last for 10 to 15 years with good care
Dental veneers also have some drawbacks, which include the following:
- You will lose at least some of your natural tooth enamel
- Many types of dental veneers aren’t reversible
- Your own teeth can become extra sensitive to cold or heat
- Veneer can fall off or become dislodged in the mouth
- Dental veneers are cosmetic, so most dental insurance plans don’t cover them
While dental veneers can cost around $1,000-2,000, think of them as a long-term investment into your confidence and well-being. For many dental patients, they are well worth it since they can last a decade or longer.
How to Care for Veneers
The better you care for your dental veneers, the longer they will last. These recommendations will help keep your veneers feeling and looking great:
- Brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste
- Perform daily flossing between your teeth
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day
- Visit your dentist for routine exams and teeth cleanings
- Refrain from using your teeth as tools—for instance, opening packages or tearing off clothing tags with them
Are Dental Veneers an Ideal Option for You?
For many dental patients, veneers are worth it. The Dental Wellness Team wants to provide you with a smile you are proud of, no matter what it looks like right now. Our dental professionals have vast experience fitting and applying veneers and with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, and many other dentistry techniques.
Whether you just need a check-up or routine cleaning or want to invest in improving your smile, contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.