Veneers are an incredibly powerful tooth replacement option, capable of offering patients a smile that looks like it belongs on the red carpet!
However, veneers are also an investment, so it may be a good idea to understand a little bit more about what the treatment entails, and what it’s like to have them. If you’re interested in getting veneers, here are a few important things you might want to know.
Veneers are a Long-term Commitment
As you may know, veneers are thin shells of porcelain that can be layered over the natural tooth, giving patients the appearance of a beautiful smile. To affix the veneers, your dentist will ordinarily remove a thin sliver of your enamel to make their bonding to the teeth a little easier.
As a result, veneer patients will be missing a layer of enamel ordinarily used to protect the interior of the tooth. Veneers will take on the protective role of that enamel, but if they break, that will leave the tooth underneath exposed, meaning that they’ll have to be replaced quickly. Getting veneers at once means that you’ll need them for the rest of your life.
Veneers Need to be Taken Care Of
Veneers are made of durable, stain-resistant porcelain, but that doesn’t mean that you can neglect to care for them. Even with veneers, your natural teeth can still collect bacteria and start to decay if you don’t care for them properly.
When you get veneers, brushing and flossing become even more important than they were before, not less. If you think you’ll get them soon, it may be a good idea to ensure that your dental hygiene is where it needs to be to protect them.
Veneers Don’t Have to Cover Every Tooth
The cool thing about veneers is that they can address a wide variety of issues. You can use them to cover the entirety of several teeth, completely transform your smile with them, or make one problem tooth match the other ones in your mouth.
The great thing about cosmetic dentistry is that it allows you and your dentist to craft just about any smile you could want. Hopefully, this guide has given you a little bit of a better idea of what veneers are capable of, and the responsibility they place on you.
About the Author
Dr. Vincenzo Artino decided to become a dentist after a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where he discovered firsthand the impact that a smile can have in someone’s life. As a dentist, he feels proud of his ability to offer beautiful, healthy teeth to people of all stripes. Dr. Artino earned his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, and has spent the years since continuing his education in several areas of dentistry.
If you have any questions about veneers, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (303) 238-2800.