What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers (often called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to adhere to the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of your overall smile. These shells are bonded to the front of the tooth and can be customized to enhance your natural smile by blending with your teeth’s color, shape, size, and length.
They’re an obvious choice for cosmetic reasons, but did you realize that there are health-focused reasons for choosing dental veneers?
1. Dental Veneers Strengthen Weak Enamel
The strongest material in the human body is the enamel on our teeth. Not only does it cover our teeth and make them shine, but it also protects them from damage and decay. Unfortunately, a combination of genetics and age, with additional support from acidic foods and beverages, causes our enamel to thin and weaken. As a result, teeth with weak enamel are more likely to crack or develop cavities.
Dental veneers cover the front surface of your teeth and can assist in protecting teeth that have weak enamel. Porcelain veneers look like enamel (so no one will ever know they aren’t your “real” teeth) and help create a barrier to prevent further damage.
2. Dental Veneers Can Repair Small Cracks and Chips in Teeth
Small cracks may not seem like a big deal, but they can open a door to bacteria and cause decay. Veneers can cover small, superficial cracks and chips, sealing your teeth and keeping bacteria out. You may still need a crown to protect deeper, more serious cracks in your teeth, but dental veneers are a great option for those smaller situations.
3. Dental Veneers are Stain Resistant
If you have any surface stains on your teeth, you always have the option to try teeth whitening treatments. However, if those treatments aren’t giving you the results you want, dental veneers can help you achieve that whiter smile you long for FAST! Furthermore, once you’ve gotten veneers, you won’t have to worry about stains again. The porcelain used to make dental veneers is made of a non-porous material that is very resilient to most food and drinks. Therefore, veneers are incredibly stain-resistant if you take care of them properly.
That said, it’s worth noting that while porcelain is stain-resistant, certain foods and drinks such as berries, coffee, wine, tea, and tomato sauce can still cause the cement bonds of your veneers to stain over time. If you want to keep your veneers sparkling white, you may want to stay away from any stain-producing foods as much as possible.
4. Dental Veneers Seal the Gap Between Teeth
“Mind the Gap” may be celebrated across the pond, but having gapped or uneven teeth can be challenging in maintaining strong oral hygiene. While you might think that having a gap in between teeth would make it easier to floss, oftentimes bacteria and plaque will collect in those spaces. It’s not always easy to brush and floss teeth that have irregular gaps.
Veneers can easily straighten the look of gapped teeth and seal off the space between them. This seal reduces the number of opportunities that bacteria and plaque have to cause tooth decay and cavities. Furthermore, veneers make it easier to brush and floss, improving your oral health.
What Can You Expect?
If you are considering veneers, Dr. Katherine Garrett would love to talk to you. In fact, we’d love to offer a comprehensive oral exam and evaluation to determine if dental veneers are right for you. We will check the thickness of your tooth enamel, severity of misalignments, as well as goals for treatment.
Assuming veneers are the right course of treatment, you can expect to make a few trips to our office as part of the preparation and fitting process. All dental veneers are custom-developed to fit and blend with your natural teeth. Dr. Garrett will work with you to choose the right size, shape, and color for your smile.
- First, we’ll remove a very small amount of surface enamel from your tooth.
- Then, we use a durable and permanent cement to adhere the veneers.
- Finally, we shape and trim them to make sure you maintain a normal bite.
Veneers make your smile whiter and straighter, and they protect your teeth from the risks of damage and decay. If you have weak enamel or are prone to cavities, you should definitely consider veneers. Dr. Katherine Garrett can create porcelain veneers that look just as natural as your real, permanent teeth. Learn more about the complete list of services offered by Dr. Garrett by calling our office and scheduling a new patient appointment. We’d love to make your family part of ours!