Dental crowns are great for protecting your natural teeth. But if you’re mainly concerned about the appearance of your teeth and the quality of your smile, then what you’ll likely need are veneers.
A veneer covers the front of your tooth, and it covers up any sort of cosmetic imperfection that tooth may have. It can cover up stains on your teeth, cracked teeth, or noticeable gaps between your teeth. It can even cover up a significant portion of your gums so that your smile isn’t too “gummy”. If you have front teeth with uneven sizes, we can put in veneers that can make them look more even in size.
The advantage of veneers over crowns is that it doesn’t take as long to put the veneer on the front of your tooth. We also don’t have to prepare your teeth as extensively as we would when we’re putting on crowns. Veneers tend to be as thin as wafers, so only a little work is needed on your teeth to prepare them for the veneers.
Veneers can also be made from other materials. However, we feel that porcelain offers your best option, as it brings several distinct benefits:
- Porcelain looks a lot like natural teeth. It has the same color as teeth and it can even reflect light the same way natural teeth does. People right in front of you won’t be able to tell that you’re wearing veneers on your teeth.
- The porcelain also resists staining much better than other materials. This helps a lot of you drink liquids that tend to stain teeth, such as tea and coffee. It can even resist staining when you smoke, though it’s probably best for you if you stop smoking altogether.
- The porcelain is also great for your gums. Your gums won’t have a negative reaction to the porcelain material, while other materials may elicit a negative gum response.
Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers
Another advantage of porcelain veneers is that taking care of them is actually simple. The rule is simple: take care of them like you would your natural teeth. You can use fluoride toothpaste, but it’s best if you use a non-abrasive variety. Just brush and floss like usual, and don’t forget your twice a year visits to our dental office. During those visits, we can check up on the state of your veneers and give it a bit of a polish.
Veneers don’t last long, however, if you have an unfortunate habit of grinding your teeth. But it doesn’t mean you can have veneers out in just because you grind your teeth. We can just prescribe a specially fitted mouth guard that will protect your veneers from your grinding habit.
So if you’re unsatisfied with your smile due to various cosmetic imperfections, get in touch with us. We can see if veneers can help, and if it’s a suitable solution we can put them in easily so you can smile with greater confidence.