Are you considering changing the appearance and restoring the function of your existing teeth? Dental veneers may be the right choice for you. Here, our Ottawa dentists list five of the reasons why you may want to consider this treatment option.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are quite thin and custom-made porcelain restorations that are made to fit the shape of your tooth. They are bonded to the front of your natural teeth with the intention of altering the appearance of your smile.
Your dentist will begin by taking an impression of your teeth, which will be used to create your custom veneers. The veneers will then be bonded to your natural teeth. Dental veneers imitate your tooth enamel’s natural translucency, so they look and feel like natural teeth.
Why should I consider getting dental veneers?
1. Dental veneers can help to restore your smile – and protect your teeth.
Dental veneers can help to restore the appearance and function of your smile. They are also capable of protecting the surface of your teeth from discoloration or damage and can mask stains that may not be able to be effectively treated through teeth whitening.
2. Veneers can help resolve a number of dental issues.
Dental veneers can be used to change the look of your smile by helping to improve the colour and shape of your existing teeth. They can be used to repair spacing, sizing, alignment, erosion and chipping issues.
3. If cared for properly, dental veneers can last many years.
Veneers made from porcelain, like those offered at Ottawa West Dental, tend to last a bit longer than those made from composite resin. On average porcelain veneers last about 15 years. However, there are a few factors at play that can influence this timeline. If you care for veneers properly, they may last up to 20 years.
To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, you’ll need to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine at home, brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once daily.
4. Dental veneers are less intrusive than other restoration options.
Dental veneers are a less invasive alternative to placing dental crowns on your teeth. They also generally don't require as much reshaping of your smile.
5. You can have veneers on several teeth.
You can choose to have veneers on only one tooth, or many at a time. If you have a tooth that has become discoloured or misshapen due to injury, you may only require one veneer. Some patients who want to change the way all of their teeth look may choose to have more done.
Bonus: Veneers are a cost-effective option.
Dental veneers are a relatively common dental restoration in part because of their cost-effectiveness. Depending on the specifics of your oral health issues and what kind of veneers you choose, the cost of dental veneers may make more sense for you in the long-term than other restoration options.
While dental veneers are a great option for some looking to improve the appearance of their smile, they may not be right for everyone. The only way to know if dental veneers will work for you is to see your dentist for a consultation.