If you’ve ever found yourself feeling unhappy or insecure about your smile, then you’ve most likely thought about what you can do to change it. Let’s be honest, for those of us who don’t have “perfect” teeth, it can be a little intimidating meeting new people who do or even smiling on camera. Some of us have gotten so used to our imperfect teeth that it doesn’t bother us as much. Others are constantly looking for the best solution. If you’ve thought about and/or you’re still thinking about getting veneers, you’re going to want to make sure you’re well aware of the pros and cons.
So, What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin layers of material that can be placed over your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can be used to fix worn teeth, broken/chipped teeth, gaps, discoloration, and uneven shaped and sized teeth.
There are a few different types of veneers; porcelain is one of the most common. Porcelain veneers are custom made (in a lab), and they look the most natural—especially in color. Typically, a porcelain veneer procedure can be done in 2-3 visits.
What Are The Pros & Cons?
– They’re highly stain and chip resistant.
– They look natural.
– They’re very durable.
– They can last an average of 10-15 years with proper care.
– Because the procedure requires reshaping your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are not reversible.
– They’re costly.
– Most insurance companies will not cover this procedure.
3 Tips For Making Your Veneers Last
Considering how expensive veneers can be, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re taking proper care of them if you want them to last.
In addition to the instructions your dentist will give you, here are some additional tips for taking care of your veneers:
1. Keep Them Polished
The polish applied to your veneers is what helps them to be stain and chip resistant. Making sure that your veneers are polished every 3 months will help them last longer.
2. No Grinding Your Teeth
A lot of people grind their teeth when they sleep without even knowing. Grinding your teeth can be just as damaging to your veneers as it is to your natural teeth. If you suspect or have been told that you grind your teeth in your sleep, it’s a good idea to let your dentist know so that he/she can advise the best treatment.
3. Be Careful What You Use Your Teeth For
Some people have a habit of using their teeth to open hard to open items (e.g. bottles and bags). They also have a habit of chewing on pens and things of that nature. These habits may be tough to break, but you definitely want to make sure you quit them before you get your veneers. Even though veneers are durable, these things will surely cause damage over time.
In conclusion, porcelain veneers are one of the most common and durable types of veneers. Although they are costly, there are definitely some pros to choosing them over other types. Not only are they stain and chip resistant, but they also give you a natural look and can last up to 15 years (with the proper care). The downside is that due to the work that’ll have to be done to your natural teeth before applying the veneers, the procedure is not reversible.
Once you’ve made the decision to get veneers, of course, the next step would be finding the best cosmetic dentist for your procedure. A good place to start would be Imagine Dental.
Imagine Dental has family dental offices located in Phoenix and Ahwatukee, Arizona. They are recognized as one of the top dentists in the area and are highly recommended.
You’re just one call away from starting your dental health journey!