If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, there are many different procedures you can consider to get the results you want. But when everything is said and done, veneers are often the best choice for your smile makeover. That’s because they offer so many great benefits.
Complete Transformation in One Procedure
One of the best things about veneers is that they have the ability to completely transform your smile in one procedure. You can take care of all your cosmetic concerns in just one procedure. You can fix teeth that are:
- Poorly shaped
And more, all at the same time. If you are trying to address each of these cosmetic complaints with other procedures, it might take half a dozen different treatments.
While the transformation caused by veneers is certainly dramatic, it isn’t time-intensive. In fact, the entire process, from consultation to completion, may take as little as one month. Compare that to a year or more for orthodontics and you begin to see why people favor veneers when appropriate.
Do More Than Other Procedures Allow
Veneers can often get you more dramatic results than you can achieve with other procedures. Teeth whitening, for example, is limited by the natural whiteness and thickness of your tooth enamel. Your teeth can only get so white. But veneers can allow you to exceed those limitations to have teeth that are as white as you want. In a similar way, orthodontics is limited by the natural size and shape of your teeth in terms of the results it can achieve. But because veneers can also reshape your teeth, they might be able to achieve more attractive results than orthodontics.
Natural teeth get stained. Any results achieved by teeth whitening or orthodontics will be affected by the tendency of your natural teeth to get discolored again, so you would need follow-up treatment.
But veneers are designed to resist stains. They shed most stains right away. Even when stains penetrate the material, periodic polishing can allow the veneers to retain their brightness as long as they’re in place.
Regular teeth are vulnerable to acid attack. They can develop cavities and they can be eroded by acidic drinks and foods. But veneers are barely affected by veneers. Acid exposure that would completely destroy a natural tooth causes barely perceptible damage to a veneer.
Although veneers used to be called “porcelain veneers” because they were literally made out of the same substance as dinner plates, they are now made of more advanced ceramics that are much stronger than past materials.
In clinical studies, about 95% of veneers last ten years or more, and perhaps 85% last 20 years or more. That is a very durable treatment option.
Easy to Care for
Veneers are also very easy to care for. All you have to do is brush and floss like you do your natural teeth. The biggest change might be your toothpaste. If you were using an abrasive toothpaste before, you might have to switch to something less damaging. But the truth is that if your toothpaste will damage your veneers, it was probably damaging your teeth.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Are you considering a smile makeover? Let us listen to your goals, evaluate your teeth, and determine whether veneers are the right choice for your smile makeover.
Please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with a Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.