Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Dental veneers can transform the way your smile looks, correcting lots of cosmetic issues like gaps and uneven spacing, deep stains, and worn or uneven tooth edges. In fact, plenty of patients choose veneers solely for the cosmetic improvements that can provide. But good looks are just one-way state-of-the-art dental veneers can work for you. For some patients, they can provide other significant benefits as well. 

Restoring enamel

Your tooth enamel is really strong, but it can still be worn away over time. Acidic foods and drinks and even overzealous brushing can damage the enamel coating, making your teeth more prone to decay. And some people have naturally thin or weak enamel, which means they’re more prone to oral health problems right from the start. Once your enamel wears away, it can’t “regrow.” And that’s when veneers can help. Made of durable porcelain, veneers are attached to the tooth surface with a very strong adhesive — so strong, it provides a barrier to keep out bacteria and other germs. Plus, veneers are so strong, they can protect your enamel from wear and tear for years to come.

Repairing tiny cracks

When most of us think of tooth damage, we think of cavities or fractures. But sometimes, teeth can develop very tiny stress cracks in the more superficial layers, leaving the inner part of the tooth exposed to decay and infection. Crowns are one possible solution for cracks. But often, veneers are just as effective, especially when the cracks are relatively small. By bonding to the tooth surface, veneers seal up tiny cracks, preventing decay- and disease-causing bacteria from getting in, while also helping to strengthen the tooth to prevent the damage from spreading.

Closing gaps

Getting rid of unsightly gaps and spaces is often listed as a cosmetic reason for getting veneers. But actually, the benefits extend far beyond improving the look of your smile. Gaps between teeth make it easier for plaque, tartar, and disease-causing bacteria to cling to tooth surfaces and gather at your gum line. And that means you’ll be at a greater risk for both cavities and gum disease, which just happens to be the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Closing up those gaps reduces the places where bacteria can collect, so your smile looks great and your oral health is improved, all with one, simple solution.

The veneer process: What to expect

Veneers typically take two office visits. At your first appointment, the dentist will remove a very small amount of your tooth’s outer layer — far less than what’s removed for a dental crown. Removing the tooth material ensures the new veneer will fit properly and that the surface of the veneer will “line up” with the surfaces of the neighboring teeth. Plus, the rougher surface enables the veneer to grip better for a stronger attachment to the tooth surface.

After the tooth is prepared, an impression will be made of the tooth. The impression is like a mold of your tooth, and it will serve as a model for your new veneer. The impression is sent to a dental lab that specializes in creating dental restorations using state-of-the-art materials. 

At this visit, your dentist will also select the ideal shade for your veneer so it blends with your neighboring teeth. Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, and that means they’re also resistant to whitening agents. To make sure their veneers match their teeth when they’re at their whitest and brightest, many patients decide to have a professional whitening treatment just before their veneer treatment. That way, the shade of the new veneer will match the whiter tooth surfaces so it will always look its best. And finally, before your visit is over, a temporary veneer will be placed on your tooth to protect it.

Once your veneer is ready — typically within two to four weeks — you’ll come back for your second visit. During this appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed and your tooth surface will be carefully cleaned. Then, your dentist will place the permanent veneer on your tooth surface, adjusting it so it fits perfectly and buffing it to a beautiful shine. Caring for your veneer is simple — just brush and floss and have regular professional cleanings like you do for the rest of your teeth. With proper care, your new veneer can last for a decade or longer.

Protect your teeth with state-of-the-art dental veneers

Dr. David B. Epstein and the team at The Woodlands Dental Group are skilled in state-of-the-art veneer procedures and other advanced treatment options, helping every patient find the best solution for their needs. If you’d like to learn more about veneers and how they can improve both the look and the health of your smile, contact the practice today.

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