There’s no shame in wanting a brilliant smile that would be right at home on a red carpet event. Recent surveys from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry have discovered that over 90% of those interviewed believe a smile is a strong social asset. When taking this into account, it is a small wonder why procedures such as dental veneers are becoming increasingly popular.
But why veneers? In this post, we’ll help answer that exact question. Beginning with the basics.
In a Nutshell: What Are Dental Veneers?
Without getting too technical, dental veneers can be seen as a protective shell that is placed on the enamel (the hard, white part) of your teeth. Most veneers are crafted from porcelain and designed to look and match your natural teeth, which is why many consider them a part of cosmetic dentistry. They certainly improve the cosmetics of your smile after all!
However, the benefits dental veneers can provide go so far beyond appearances. While incredibly thin (often less than 0.5 mm), this high-quality porcelain is incredibly durable and provides both protective and restorative benefits to your teeth. If you are worried about tooth erosion or have already suffered from damaged teeth, dental veneers are an ideal solution.
What Aesthetic Issues Do Porcelain Veneers Address?
Thanks to their remarkably thin design, porcelain veneers are highly customizable and able to be trimmed and shaped to fit comfortably and enhance your smile’s cosmetics. This thorough personalization allows dental veneers to address a wide range of aesthetic issues such as:
- Tooth Discoloration: Some tooth stains aren’t caused by food, drink, or neglect but by elements out of our control such as liver disease or necessary medications like antibiotics. If you suffer from chronic tooth discoloration, veneers are a great solution as they rest atop your natural teeth and are made from stain-resistant porcelain.
- Misshapen or Small Teeth: A symmetrical smile is often seen as an aesthetically pleasing one, which is why a misshapen or shortened tooth can leave us feeling less confident in our smiles. A problem easily fixed with dental veneers! Veneers will be placed over asymmetrical teeth and unify your smile.
- Uneven or Gapped Teeth: Known officially as diastemata, gapped teeth or an uneven smile not only affects our smile’s cosmetics but also our dental health by exposing our gums to harmful bacteria. Thankfully, porcelain veneers address both of these issues at the same time.
What Are the Benefits Beyond Cosmetics?
Alright, now that we have explained why dental veneers are so popular in cosmetic dentistry circles, let’s discuss their often overlooked (and simply astounding) restorative benefits. More importantly, how they might be the key to keeping your dental health at its peak for years to come!
- Prevent Enamel Erosion: Enamel erosion is a serious threat to your dental health as enamel doesn’t grow back. Conditions such as bruxism, acid reflux, or high sugar/acid diets can be disastrous for your teeth. But veneers offer durable porcelain protection for your natural teeth, eliminating this worry.
- Provide Support for Cracked, Chipped, and Broken Teeth: If any of your teeth have sustained damage due to dental trauma or have been worn down, don’t put them at any further risk. Dental veneers can restore your teeth to full function while providing a brilliant, natural look.
- A Long-Term Investment: The incredible quality of the porcelain your veneers are made out of allows you to treat them like your natural teeth, meaning there is no special treatment to maintain them. Just continue to brush and floss like usual. In addition, they can last up to 15 years with proper care!
Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Veneer Consultation
Residents of Seattle have been experiencing the difference at Magnolia Dental Care, where we see patients as unique individuals with unique needs. Our incredible team of dental professionals is ready to work with you to design a truly personalized dental plan to improve your dental health. Whether it’s a routine cleaning or a discussion about dental veneers, we’re here to help.