What Dental Problems Can Dental Veneers Fix?
An excellent way to transform your smile is with porcelain veneers. Any of the different types of dental veneers can give a boost to your self-esteem and self-confidence. However, they are a financially costly cosmetic dentistry procedure. Many people desire a new smile with veneers, but they are out of reach financially.
The question, “are they worth the cost?” can only be answered by the patient making the investment. Below we will help you make that decision for your smile.
Dental Veneers can restore and enhance the following:
- Gapped teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Broken teeth (minor chips)
- Worn-down teeth
- Abnormally sized teeth
What Do Veneers Do?
A veneer is, by definition, simply a covering. You may have heard in carpentry or household flooring, a cabinet or floor planks with a wood veneer. That means the carpenter makes the cabinet structure using inexpensive materials and covers it with a thin layer of more expensive wood to give the desired cosmetic appearance.
When speaking of dental veneers, your natural tooth is the underlying structure, and the thin outer covering is dental porcelain.
By covering your smile with porcelain, your cosmetic dentist can make esthetic changes to the outward appearance of your smile. Veneers give the dentist the ability to change the shape, size, and color of your teeth.
Veneers do not entirely cover or replace our teeth; they only cover the visible outer surfaces. In general, veneers do not change the way your teeth fit together. They are strictly an esthetic improvement.
They can, however, cover minor orthodontic issues like mild misalignments and tooth gaps. With veneers, you can make transform your smile from ordinary to extraordinary.
So, “are dental veneers worth it?”
You first need to determine the issues you have with your current smile. For many who are self-conscious of their smile, they hold back both socially and in business. A smile you are proud of could give you a boost throughout your life.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are generally two types of dental veneers available:
Are custom made strong, durable, and stain-resistant. Porcelain is able to blend in with the color of your teeth, so they look very natural. They are also long-lasting and typically last 10 to 15 years with proper dental care. Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent dental restoration.
Depending on the skill of the dentist can look natural but will discolor over time. Composite resin veneers are also not as strong as porcelain veneers. However, composite veneers are financially cheaper than porcelain veneers. They generally last between 5 and 7 years with proper dental care. Composite veneers are permanent.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
There are two crucial factors in the long longevity of dental veneers.
- The skill and experience of the dentist fabricating and placing dental veneers in the mouth.
- At-home dental hygiene maintenance.
At home, dental maintenance should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily. Your new dental veneers can develop tooth decay along the margins where the porcelain meets natural tooth structure. It is also important not to use your teeth as a tool to avoid chipping and breaking your new veneers.
Dentists can perform a full smile makeover by covering all of your teeth with porcelain veneers and create the “magic wand” approach. However, that isn’t the only option. With a combination of teeth whitening and straightening your teeth with clear aligners like Invisalign, you may be able to achieve your smile goals without a full mouth of veneers.
What Options Do You Have To Make Dental Veneers More Affordable?
Many patients assume that they must get veneers on all front six teeth to produce a Hollywood-style smile result. That is not always true. Dentistry is highly personalized. Each smile is very different, and different people have different expectations. For some, all six are what is needed and desired, but for others, maybe just one or two teeth need correction.
Some people can even achieve their smile goals with the placement of a single dental veneer.
With the combination of teeth whitening and straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you may be able to achieve your smile dreams without a full set of dental veneers.
Are Veneers Worth The Investment?
If you are considering any cosmetic dentistry, make sure to consult with your dentist about your specific desires for your smile, including which issues in your smile you want to be changed, and ask what options are available that can help you achieve those goals.
If you decide that porcelain veneers are the best option for achieving your dream smile, you must make the dental commitment to take care of them to last for as long as possible.
Our goal is to help our patients give them their best smile yet. Dr. Perrone and her cosmetic dental team are proud to offer comprehensive dental care, including routine dental cleanings as well as the cosmetic and restorative procedures mentioned above.
If you are ready for a smile makeover, contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no cost cosmetic consultation appointment. We cannot wait to help you with your state of the art smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.