Benefits of Dental Veneers
The concept of a dental veneer is really quite simple. Using a thin piece of porcelain, the look of some of your teeth can be improved without more extensive dental work. The porcelain is attached – permanently – to the front of each tooth that is to be treated, and the color of the porcelain is made to match as closely as possible to the other teeth in your mouth.
In this article, we would like to highlight some of the benefits of choosing dental veneers1. There is a lot to like here, and by the end of the article, you should have a clear picture of what you stand to gain if you opt for this type of treatment. Of course, there are pros and cons with any decision, so we’ll also touch briefly on some of the drawbacks to help you understand before moving forward. Whiten in a Hurry
If you have badly discolored teeth and would like to whiten your smile in short order, veneers are an option to carefully consider. Traditional whitening techniques take time to show results, and they may or may not be effective on your teeth, depending on the severity of the discoloration and other factors. For those who are tired of a dull smile and want to quickly bring a whiter finish to their teeth, dental veneers can provide excellent results.
Often, individuals will start to think about this option when they have a big event coming up and want to look their best. For example, if you have a child with an upcoming wedding and you know there are going to be plenty of pictures taken on the big day, you might decide that now is the time to act on your smile. Without enough time to go through whitening treatments, veneers could do the job. Of course, there are long-term impacts to think about here as well, so consult with your dentist about the situation before moving forward.
Something you may not know about your oral health is that enamel does not grow back once it is lost. Over time, the enamel on your teeth can be worn away, particularly if you consume a lot of acidic food and drink as part of your regular diet. If you’ve lost a considerable amount of your enamel and you are looking for a solution, this is again where dental veneers may be able to come to your aid.
You will want to work with your dentist to figure out if enamel loss is something that is causing your trouble. If it is, you can then go over the options for treatment before taking action. Veneers may or may not wind up being the right decision, but they certainly are worth considering.
An Easier Way
Most of the time, when people think about fixing issues with gaps in their teeth, or somewhat crooked teeth, they will consider options like braces or aligners. Those are excellent treatments, of course, but they are not right for everyone. If that type of treatment doesn’t appeal to you for one reason or another, dental veneers may make for a suitable substitution.
Of course, it does need to be said that adding veneers isn’t going to straighten out your teeth or bring together any gaps that may exist. Those structural issues will still be in place, but the cosmetic side of things will be improved by the presence of the veneers. Small issues can be covered up, so your smile will look great when you flash it for the cameras.
Some Possible Drawbacks
At this point, we are going to touch on some of the negatives that may be associated with dental veneers. As is the case with everything, a drawback for one person might not be a big issue for another, so you’ll have to think about each of these points from your own perspective as you gather the big picture.
Permanence. This is a point which can easily go either way, depending on your perspective. On the one hand, the fact that veneers are permanent might seem like a good thing – you can have them put in place and then forget about them moving forward. However, you need to be fully committed to going forward with veneers, as there is no going back once the procedure is completed. So, quite obviously, you’ll want to take your time to make this decision to confirm that you are happy with the plan.
Costs will vary. The cost of a dental procedure always needs to be considered as you are going through your various options. The final bill for having veneers put in place will vary based on a number of factors, such as how many you need, but this can be a costly option when all is said and done. Speak with your dentist about the costs to make sure you are comfortable with the financial aspect of this treatment.
Potential sensitivity issues. When the work is complete, you may notice that your teeth have become a little more sensitive to hot and cold. Fortunately, that is usually a short-term issue, and most patients will find that they are more comfortable in as little as a few days.
If you think dental veneers may be a good fit for your situation, or if you’d simply like more information on what they can do, please contact our office right away2. At Lakeside Dental, we like to work together with our patients to arrive at oral health solutions that serve their needs perfectly. Obviously, it is our experience and expertise that is going to guide the process, but we want you to actively contribute by offering up your opinions and feelings. Whether it turns out to be dental veneers or any other kind of treatment that is called for in your case, we are excited to serve you. Thanks for visiting!