According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people with great smiles are viewed as more attractive, confident, and happy by others. There are many benefits of cosmetic dentistry that go beyond simply aesthetics. For more information, see “The Many Health Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry”.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments people use to improve their smile is porcelain veneers. In fact, veneers are the second most performed cosmetic procedure behind teeth whitening. So, what is so great about veneers and should you consider them for your smile? Yes! Here are five reasons to consider porcelain veneers:
Fix Multiple Cosmetic Issues
One reason so many people love porcelain veneers is because they are extremely versatile and can treat a number of cosmetic concerns all at once. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct teeth that are cracked, chipped, crooked, stained, oddly shaped, worn, or unevenly sized. They can also be used to eliminate gaps between teeth.
Easy to Place
Veneers are also placed with a minimally-invasive procedure. First the teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel so that the veneers can have a natural appearance once placed. Because this can be uncomfortable, dental anesthetics are usually used to keep the patient comfortable. Once all the teeth have been prepared, a dental impression or digital scan will be taken and sent to a dental lab. Temporary veneers will then be placed while the dental lab custom fabricates the permanent restoration from porcelain. Once completed, the porcelain veneers will be adhered to the front surface of the teeth.
Another great thing about veneers is that you have the flexibility to decide on the extent of treatment. This means that you have the option of simply using an individual veneer to correct a single tooth or you can opt for an entire smile makeover, as well as every option in between. This truly allows dental veneers to be a personal cosmetic treatment based on your treatment goals.
Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
Although porcelain veneers are primarily known for their cosmetic improvements, they have also been used by people with worn or damaged enamel to alleviate tooth sensitivity. This is because veneers act as an enamel shield once adhered to the front surface of the teeth. In this way, the veneers are essentially replacing the worn or damaged tooth enamel in order to protect the inside of the tooth.
Porcelain is a Great Dental Material
Traditional dental veneers are fabricated from porcelain. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and long-lasting. On average, porcelain veneers can last from 10-15 years, however, in some cases they can last as long as 20 years. Additionally, porcelain is stain-resistant, meaning your bright smile will continue to last. Keeping your veneers in good condition is also easy and requires the usual twice-daily brushings and daily flossing. To prevent damaging veneers, it is encouraged to avoid extremely hard foods or to chew with the molars. Finally, regular dental checkups are important to monitor the condition of veneers.
As you can see, there are many good reasons to consider porcelain veneers including their versatility, easy placement, flexibility, ability to alleviate tooth sensitivity, and due to their use of a highly valuable dental material. If you are considering dental veneers and are looking for more information, see “Porcelain Veneers” or schedule a consultation with your local cosmetic dentist.
Dr. Gerard J. Lemongello Jr. graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and has been in private practice since 1987. His focus is on cosmetic and comprehensive restorative rehabilitative dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, and is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.