Find out if porcelain veneers are the right choice for your smile makeover.
Chances are you’ve heard about dental veneers before, most likely as the cosmetic dentistry service of choice for A-listers and people of influence. This cosmetic treatment has been known as the quintessential smile makeover solution for decades and this service continues to grow in popularity among patients from all walks of life who dream of a better smile.
Let’s go over the basics you need to know about dental veneers and how you can benefit from this highly effective smile makeover solution.
The What, How, and Whys of Porcelain Veneers
This cosmetic treatment has come a long way over the years. Today’s porcelain veneers are exceptionally versatile, beautiful, and often more affordable than patients realize.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a type of cosmetic dental care service used to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile. A porcelain veneer set is made of individual thin shells custom-made and custom fit for each tooth that’s being treated. Depending on the person’s smile goals, they may cover the entirety of their visible smile or only a few select teeth.
How do porcelain veneers work?
This cosmetic treatment works by permanently covering the visible front surface of a patient’s teeth. A cosmetic dentist will remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel to compensate for the thickness of the new veneers. Once prepped, porcelain veneers are permanently attached to these teeth, and bonded with a special type of dental cement. After placement is complete, patients are free to enjoy their new smile and care for their newly veneered teeth just as they would their natural teeth.
Why do people get porcelain veneers?
People choose this cosmetic treatment for many reasons. Naturally, the most common reason is to change their smile’s appearance and cover cosmetic flaws that bother them. Although porcelain veneers are considered cosmetic in nature, plenty of patients do opt for them to improve the function of their smiles and even boost their overall oral health.
8 Reasons Why Porcelain Veneers are Great
Here are some obvious and subtle reasons why we love porcelain veneers and often recommend them to our patients who dream of a new smile.
1. You can solve multiple smile flaws in a single service.
Rather than individually treating each tooth with dental crowns, porcelain veneers allow us to create a new smile in one fell swoop. This means patients spend less time at dental appointments, less money on multiple cosmetic services, and more time enjoying their smiles.
2. Modern veneer placement is minimally invasive.
Some enamel must be removed when prepping for porcelain veneers, but our modern techniques are not invasive. Dr. Miedema is conservative with enamel removal, preserving as much of the natural tooth surface as possible. Although you will always need to wear them, this modest approach keeps your underlying natural teeth strong and healthy.
3. Gummy smiles can be rebalanced.
A gummy smile doesn’t have to be a permanent feature. Porcelain veneers are an important finishing step in lengthening short teeth and balancing out low gums. Dr. Miedema offers gum contouring right here in our office as the first step in rebalancing your smile.
4. Teeth whitening will be a thing of the past.
Porcelain veneers are colored to the exact brightness you want. This means no more struggling with messy whitening strips or finding time for professional teeth whitening. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining as well. If you are receiving them on only a few teeth, we do recommend whitening to your desired shade before prepping to ensure a perfect color match.
5. Your teeth will look straighter without braces.
This cosmetic treatment is a great orthodontic alternative for adults who don’t want their teeth to look crooked. They won’t change the physical alignment of your teeth, but a combination of enamel prep and veneer design can make your smile look perfectly straight.
6. Brushing and flossing will be a breeze.
Going off of the previous benefit, teeth with porcelain veneers are also easier to brush and floss. Because your teeth will be reshaped and any crookedness or gaps eliminated, you’ll have a far easier time keeping your smile clean. This leads to reduced risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath!
7. Repairing veneers is easier than repairing a tooth.
This cosmetic treatment is truly a worthwhile smile investment. They can last for well over 10 years, with many reaching 15 or even 20 years before needing to be replaced. In the event of a chip or other damage, your veneers are much easier and less expensive to repair than a broken tooth.
8. Your self-confidence will skyrocket with your new smile.
There’s nothing like looking in the mirror or seeing yourself in a picture and being truly proud of your smile. The oral health benefits of porcelain veneers are undoubtedly important, but the self-confidence that comes with loving your smile is certainly hard to beat as the top benefit.
Book your porcelain veneers consultation at Tory Hill Dental.
Do porcelain veneers sound like your ideal smile solution? Perhaps you still have more questions about them or other cosmetic dentistry services? The Tory Hill Dental team is eager to help you along your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile.
The first step is to book a porcelain veneer consultation with Dr. Miedema. From there you’ll be able to learn more about porcelain veneers, discover if you’re an ideal candidate, and if needed, discuss alternative treatment options.
You can schedule your consultation right now by calling our Buxton office or filling out this online booking form. We look forward to guiding you towards your best smile yet.