If you are considering a cosmetic dental procedure to help even the look of your smile, here are some reasons from our BC Straight Smile dentists why you might want to consider veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom-made to fit your teeth and may be able to give you a straighter and more even smile.
Your dentist will begin by taking an impression of your teeth, which will be used to make your veneers. Next, your dentist will bond your newly made veneers to the front of your natural teeth. Dental veneers imitate your tooth enamel’s natural translucency, so they look and feel like natural teeth.
Why should I consider getting dental veneers?
1. Dental veneers can help restore your smile.
Dental veneers can often be used to help restore the appearance and function of your teeth. They can also protect the surface of your teeth from discolouration or damage, and hide stains that cannot be removed with any kind of teeth-whitening solution.
2. Veneers can often resolve dental issues.
Dental veneers can be used to change the look of your smile by helping to change the colour and shape of your existing teeth. They can be used to repair spacing, sizing, alignment, erosion and chipping issues.
3. When correctly cared for, dental veneers can last a long time.
Porcelain veneers tend to last longer than composite resin. On average, they last about 15 years. However, depending on a few key factors such as how well they are cared for, they can last 20 years or more.
To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, you’ll need to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine at home, brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once daily.
4. Dental veneers are less invasive than other options.
Dental veneers tend to be a less invasive alternative to dental crowns. They also don’t require as much reshaping or shaving of your teeth.
5. You can have veneers on many different teeth.
You can choose to have veneers on only one tooth, or many at a time. If you have a tooth that has become discoloured or misshapen due to injury, you may only require one veneer. Some patients who want to change the way all of their teeth look may choose to have more done.
Bonus: Veneers are a cost-effective option.
Dental veneers are a common dental restoration partly because of their cost-effectiveness. Depending on your dental issue and which type of veneers you choose, the cost of veneers may make more economical sense for you long-term than other dental restoration options.
While dental veneers are a great option for some looking to improve the appearance of their smile, they may not be right for everyone. The only way to know if dental veneers will work for you is to see your dentist for a consultation.