Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Many people know that porcelain or composite resin veneers. They can be a great way to improve your smile and whiten your teeth beyond what whitening can do. They also tend to be more resistant to developing stains, although you should still avoid staining from coffee, tea, and tobacco use.

But there are many additional benefits to getting veneers that go beyond the cosmetic benefits. Some of these might be things you’ve never thought about before. In this blog, the providers at Dente Complete Dentistry explain some of the additional benefits to getting veneers.

What veneers are

Veneers are thin sheets of composite resin or porcelain that are bonded over your natural teeth. First, we’ll shave off a thin layer of your teeth to make room for the veneers. Then we’ll place the sheets over your teeth and make sure they’re shaped correctly. We then bond them to your teeth very securely.

With proper care, you can expect veneers to last for ten years, on average. You’ll want to avoid biting your nails or biting down on hard foods such as ice, as veneers can break. And as with anything else, you’ll need to practice the usual good habits such as brushing and flossing.

What veneers can help with

Veneers can offer help for more than just cosmetic purposes. Here’s a list of some of the ways that veneers can fix your smile.

Chipped or cracked teeth

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, you may be wondering if anything short of having them pulled can fix them. The answer is yes! Veneers can cover up chips and cracks in your teeth, which makes them stronger and prevents further damage.

Weakened enamel

Acids, abrasions, and other causes can weaken your tooth’s enamel, which is the hardest and most mineralized part of your teeth. Weak enamel can cause tooth sensitivity, and it also puts your teeth at greater risk of tooth decay and cavities. Once enamel is lost, it can never be restored.

Veneers help to make up for weakened or lost enamel. By covering over the enamel loss, it can prevent further loss and tooth decay.

Misaligned teeth

If you have misaligned teeth, you might think that the only option you have is braces or Invisalign®. But veneers can fix many cases of misaligned teeth, even if your teeth are substantially misaligned. They can fix smaller instances of misalignment and can even fix issues such as pointy incisor teeth.

Discolored teeth

Having discolored teeth is something that goes beyond just needing whitening in some cases. Whitening works best to fix teeth that are discolored by external staining. But some people have discolored teeth due to causes inside the tooth. This internal discoloration is caused by a darkening of the dentin, the tissue beneath the enamel.

Veneers are a particularly good option for internal discoloration because it covers over the darkened dentin. 

A couple of cautions

Because veneers remain on your teeth for around ten years, it’s important to start with healthy teeth and gums free of decay. If you have any such decay, we’ll take care of it before applying your veneers.

Veneers may not be a good choice if you grind or clench your teeth, as this can cause the thin shells of the veneers to break.

It’s essential to allow for an adjustment to the way veneers feel in your mouth. They do feel a bit different, so it might take a few days to adjust.

Veneers can be a great way to beautify your smile and increase your self-confidence. They have so many benefits that can make your teeth stronger and healthier as well. If you would like to discuss getting veneers, call our Miami office today or request an appointment online.

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