Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

When you think of dental veneers, you probably think of a bright, beautiful smile. But the aesthetic value isn’t the only reason to get porcelain veneers. Hannah Baek, DDS, at Healthy Smile Dental uses veneers to correct a number of common dental problems.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, porcelain shells that fit on the fronts of your natural teeth. Dr. Baek custom fits each veneer to improve the shape and appearance of each tooth. With just a few visits, Dr. Baek can use veneers to fix a single dental problem or give you a brand new smile. 

Getting veneers is typically a pain-free procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia. First, Dr. Baek removes a small amount of enamel from your tooth. Then, she fits the veneer to the outer surface of your tooth. Lastly, she cements the veneer in place using ultraviolet light.

What can veneers do?

Porcelain veneers, which are thin but strong, can do a number of things, including:

Fix gaps

In addition to giving you a white and bright smile, veneers can fill gaps between your teeth. The benefits aren’t just cosmetic. Gapped teeth can cause dental problems, such as tooth decay, because unevenly spaced teeth are harder to keep clean than evenly spaced teeth.

Also, plaque and tartar can build up between gapped teeth and cause gum disease. Veneers can close these gaps and make it easier to maintain good oral health. 

Correct misalignments

Veneers may be an ideal solution for crooked teeth. Just like with gapped teeth, misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean. With veneers, teeth will appear straighter and will be easier to brush and floss.

Strengthen weak teeth

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, a dental veneer can make it stronger. A veneer may also help you avoid needing a crown, which would cover the entire tooth. 

Prevent enamel erosion

Tooth enamel, the tough outer surface of your teeth, is constantly exposed to food, bodily fluids, and other substances that can cause erosion. When 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 decrease tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.

Do you want to see if veneers could help you with cosmetic or non-cosmetic conditions? To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Healthy Smile Dental today.

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