Dental Veneers: Top Reasons Why You Need Them

Dental Veneers: Top Reasons Why You Need Them

Dental Veneers are a great way to win your smile back. Do you have stained teeth from years of drinking coffee or smoking? Crooked teeth that dampen your smile? Worn down enamel from acidic foods and drinks? Then porcelain veneers by the experienced professionals at Greg Campbell, D.D.S. may be just what you need.

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are individually customized to a desired shape and color and adhered to the front of the existing teeth. Not only do these veneers provide a beautiful, white, confident smile, they are also long-lasting and help to solve a multitude of other dental issues. 

What Are Some Reasons Why Dentists Recommend Dental Veneers?

Your smile is often the first thing someone will see when they meet you. Whether you have a perfect set of straight, pearly whites that immediately attracts the eye, or your not-so-straight, discolored teeth cause you to avoid smiling, only open your mouth as much as physically necessary to speak, and smile with your mouth closed, your teeth are at the forefront of your expression and appearance. Like it or not, your teeth say something about you, about your personality, about your confidence. A beautiful smile with teeth that allow you to truly be yourself and not have to shy away from showing off your gorgeous grin can completely change your appearance, but more importantly, your self-worth, your pride, your dignity.

Porcelain veneers can make this possible for you. Veneers have also been recommended in place of orthodontic treatments to some people, for example, who have tried braces which have perfectly aligned their teeth, only to have them shift again a couple years later. Veneers allow the same result without the lengthy, uncomfortable months or even years wearing braces.

The enamel in teeth gradually wears down for everyone, often due to acids in the foods and drinks we consume. For some people with an acid reflux condition, this process is expedited by the added presence of stomach acid. If the condition is caught before it gets too extreme, veneers can be used to replace this enamel and provide that required layer of protection.

In addition to solving problems such as crooked teeth, worn enamel, discoloration, mismatched tooth sizes, small gaps, and cracked or chipped teeth, veneers actually help to prevent cracks and chips in teeth from getting worse. Chips or cracks are smoothed, and the veneers provide a layer of protection for the natural teeth that allows a fully functional result. Similarly, veneers can also be used in place of crowns to cover damaged teeth and provide that necessary layer of protection.

What Does The Dental Veneer Process Involve?

While you cannot simply walk into the dentist, request veneers, and walk out with completed veneers all in the same day, the process is relatively painless and straightforward. On the first visit, your dentist will discuss your options, ensure you are entirely informed on the process and expected results, begin the process of preparing your teeth, and then start working on the mold. Preparation of your teeth will involve cleaning, buffing, and gently shaping your teeth to properly fit the veneers. After a mold is taken, your veneers will be custom-made in a dental laboratory to be prepared for your next visit.

At your following visit, the veneers will be fitted on your teeth.  Your dentist will thoroughly clean and prepare your teeth before spreading on the bonding agent. Once the veneers are carefully attached, a strong beam of light is used to firmly set the adhesive. Your dentist will then precisely give your teeth one final shape and polish to ensure a natural finish. Once your veneers are complete and your perfect, white smile is achieved, you are set to go enjoy grinning around town for years to come. Before you leave, your dentist will ensure you understand all the proper care instructions for your veneers to ensure a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

What Happens After You Get Dental Veneers?

While veneers are strong and much more stain-resistant than your natural teeth, regular oral hygiene is recommended to prolong the life of your new look. Brush and floss your teeth daily and continue to maintain regular check-ups to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy.

What else do I need to know about porcelain dental veneers?

Veneers are a perfect solution to many dental problems but are not always the best solution for all patients. Your dentist may not recommend veneers if you have a condition such as tooth grinding or jaw clenching as this will likely damage veneers, requiring them to be replaced. Other issues such as severe tooth decay or gum disease must be managed first before veneers would be recommended.

You can have veneer done on one tooth or every tooth in your mouth. The shape and color are decided by you and your dentist. While many people think they want super white teeth, teeth are an off-white, sometimes grayish color. The color you decide upon will greatly depend on how many teeth you are getting done as you will want your veneered teeth to look natural and match the rest of your mouth.

The process of installing porcelain veneers is irreversible. Your dentist smooths and shapes the outer layer of your teeth to prepare for the veneers. If something happens to the veneer on one of your teeth, it will need to be replaced. A crown is another option for replacing veneers.

You must take proper care of your veneers and attend to any issues that may arise. Check with your dentist should something happen like a crack or chip, as cavities or infection could accrue if ignored.

So do you have any crooked, unsightly, cracked, chipped, discolored teeth or other dental issue that restrains your personality and prevents you from showing your true character? You are not alone.

Contact Dr. Greg Campbell today to start your life-changing journey to a bright new smile and a confident you!

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