Perhaps when you think of veneers, you think of flashing a bright, beautiful, Hollywood smile — certainly one of the many reasons to consider veneers. Without a doubt, they have an aesthetic quality that can transform your teeth from dull to dazzling. Many people get veneers on their teeth to create a more picture-perfect smile so they can feel confident showing their perfectly shaped, pearly whites.
However, aesthetic value isn’t the only reason to get porcelain veneers. At the practice of skilled cosmetic dentist Nataly Vilderman, DDS in San Francisco, we recommend veneers to correct some common dental issues, too. If you’re considering veneers for your teeth, the aesthetic value goes without saying, but there are also some non-cosmetic reasons to consider veneers for your dental health and wellness.
First, let’s take a minute to review dental veneers. These wafer-thin, porcelain shells fit over your natural teeth. Dr. Vilderman custom fits them to each single tooth to improve the shape and appearance of one tooth or several in a row. With just a few visits to our office, you can fix a single dental problem or get a total smile makeover with your new veneers.
Getting veneers is typically a pain-free procedure in which you don’t normally need anesthesia. Dr. Vilderman expertly removes a small amount of enamel from your tooth that’s just about the thickness of the new veneer. Then, the veneer goes on the outer surface of your tooth, and Dr. Vilderman cements it in place using an ultraviolet light to securely bond it to its tooth.
After your appointment, you leave the office with a new, improved smile.
In addition to cosmetic improvements, you may also benefit from veneers if you have gaps between your teeth. For example, if you have unevenly spaced teeth, dental veneers can help you close the gaps for a more beautiful smile.
But, the benefits aren’t just cosmetic. Gapped teeth can lead to dental problems like tooth decay. Unevenly spaced teeth are harder to keep clean, as food can get stuck within them.
Plaque and tartar can build up between your teeth and eventually lead to gum disease. Veneers compensate for these gaps, making it easier to brush and floss your teeth and maintain your best oral health.
Even if you had braces when you were a teenager, or if you never did but always wanted to correct mildly crooked teeth, veneers may be an ideal solution. Just like with gapped teeth, misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean. With veneers, your teeth will appear straighter, and it will be easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Two teeth that overlap create a surface that’s hard to brush and floss. Overlaps are optimal places for cavities to form. Veneers can even out those misalignments so you can easily keep all the surfaces of your teeth clean and help prevent cavities.
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, a dental veneer can provide added reinforcement to make the tooth stronger. This may help you avoid needing a crown that covers your whole tooth, or from further damaging the tooth when you bite into something hard. Porcelain veneers are thin but strong, and your gum tissue easily tolerates them.
Enamel is the tough outer surface of your teeth that’s exposed to food, bodily fluids, and other substances that can cause erosion. When your enamel wears away, you may experience tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and increased tooth decay.
Dental veneers can help protect enamel-worn teeth and prevent additional wear and decay. Veneers may also help your teeth feel less sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages since every veneer offers a protective covering to reinforce its tooth.
Veneers may be appealing to you for their cosmetic value, but if you have any of these other common dental concerns, veneers may also be a way to keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come.
Have more questions about veneers? We’re happy to answer them. Give us a call at 415-665-7800, or schedule a consultation online today.