In an ideal world, we’d all be born with bright white, perfectly aligned teeth. Yet, in real life, teeth are often stained, gapped, or misshapen. The good news is many restorative dental procedures can easily transform your smile flaws, delivering you a beautiful and natural-looking smile. Among the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic dental procedures are dental veneers.
Dental veneers are shells made of wafer-thin porcelain that mimics the appearance of natural teeth. These shells are individually designed to match the shape and natural color of your natural teeth.
At Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, CA, David Ouellet, DDS, has enhanced countless smiles with dental veneers. Here he shares five lesser-known benefits of veneers.
#1 The ultimate total smile do-over
Veneers are designed to cover various imperfections like stained and misshapen teeth and chipped, broken, or gapped teeth. A veneer can be used on an individual tooth or multiple teeth. Bonus: Veneers are stain-resistant. Think perfect, natural teeth, but better.
# 2 Long-lasting impact in two appointments
Veneers can transform your smile in two appointments, much quicker than most other procedures, such as braces.
During the first appointment, Dr. Ouellet prepares each tooth’s surface by cleaning and removing a thin layer of enamel to allow the veneer to fit correctly. The dental team also makes an impression of the tooth (or teeth) so that your veneers can be created.
At your second appointment, Dr. Ouellet adheres the veneers to the front of your teeth. Once bonded, he checks your bite and makes any final necessary adjustments needed. You leave with the smile you always wanted. With proper dental hygiene at-home care and bi-annual professional cleanings, dental veneers can last seven to 10 years.
# 3 Shield teeth from bacteria
Not only do dental veneers look fabulous and last up to a decade, but they serve as a shield against bacteria and germs. Gapped, broken, cracked, and chipped teeth can expose dentin and pulp, the inner layers of teeth, to bacteria. Untreated, this exposure can cause gum disease and even tooth loss. Veneers provide a protective shield to block out bacteria.
# 4 Safeguard enamel
Similarly, dental veneers safeguard your teeth’s hard enamel coating, which, once damaged, cannot be restored. By merely covering worn-down enamel or naturally occurring weak enamel, veneers protect the tooth surface from further damage like tooth decay.
# 5 Restores confidence
If smile flaws have you grinning with your mouth closed, then you can, no doubt, imagine how freeing and confidence-boosting veneers can be. Don’t live with broken, gapped, misshapen, or stained teeth. Find out if veneers are right for you. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Pacific Coast Smiles today.