Should you get dental veneers?
You must have noticed the perfectly picturesque smiles of movie stars and singers whenever they appear on TV. You keep wondering whether it is because they are blessed or they do have a super special, detailed oral care routine compared to ours? Absolutely not. Famous people aren’t just born with perfect teeth. Their shiny white smiles are usually the result of dental veneers.
Although you really want to try this treatment, you are probably still hesitant, wondering “Are dental veneers actually good? Are they the right thing for me?”
Getting dental veneers is one ideal solution to improving your smile. In two weeks, a thin porcelain veneer is bonded to the front and side of your teeth for two weeks to lengthen any short tooth, fill in the cracks and make your teeth look brighter.
If this procedure is performed by a highly experienced dentist, your new teeth will look very nice and natural. Therefore, there is no reason why you should refuse veneers as they help fix almost all cosmetic dental issues.
One way or another, the purpose of dental veneers is to change the size, color, or the shape of your teeth. They are usually used when:
- Your teeth are discolored from the root, either caused by dental fillings, or other procedures
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Teeth with abnormal shapes
- Widely spaced teeth (the gaps between them are considerable)
- Any dental problems that shake your confidence
The advantages of dental veneers include:
- Natural appearance: Porcelain is a material that holds similar characteristics to these of the natural tooth enamel. Therefore, you will feel like your teeth with dental veneers “look just like the real deal”
- Stain-resistance: Porcelain is ceramic so they are quite glass-like with an extremely smooth surface and water-resistance. Veneers are, therefore, rather durable and permanently stain-proof. That means you won’t need to worry about any foods or drinks that are likely to stain your teeth such as coffee, alcohol, or cigarettes.
- Durability: Porcelain veneers have high durability (of 15 years) in comparison with plastic veneers (or composite veneers of 7 years)
- Low maintenance: As dental veneers are firmly secured to your teeth, maintenance or special care are not required. You only need to brush and floss your teeth like what you’d normally do with your original teeth.
- Flexibility in colors: Porcelain veneers don’t come in one particular color. Your dentist will choose the color of your veneers so the discolored teeth become brighter and whiter.
- Easy to shape: Unlike porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers don’t need complicated shaping before being bonded to the teeth. Shaping is even not necessary with super thin veneers.
- Improve your appearance and boost your confidence: Needless to say, veneers give you new, perfect yet natural teeth. When your dental shortcomings are gone, there are no reasons why you don’t confidently show off your perfect smile anytime, anywhere.
Dental veneers are probably the optimal choice for people wishing to improve their smile for the aforementioned advantages. However, dental veneers also come with some disadvantages. For one, they don’t change color over time (while the color of your original teeth will, resulting in uneven color).
Also, they are more likely to chip and crack than dental crowns, and they won’t prevent tooth decay. All these downsides can still be easily improved if you take better care of your veneers than your original teeth.
There are many ways to take your bright smile back and getting dental veneers are one of them. Dental veneers will definitely not disappoint you once you choose them. Their advantages will provide you with more than just a smile – it is a life full of confidence and plenty of successes thanks to that confidence.