The underlying health of your mouth, teeth, and gums is important, but the look and function of your smile will also play a large role in your life. From increased self-esteem to the ability to eat, speak, and chew comfortably, the benefits of a healthy, functional, and attractive smile are easy to see. If your teeth aren’t functional or as attractive as you would like, consider getting porcelain veneers from your dentist.
These thin, yet durable, covers are bonded on top of discolored or damaged teeth to restore the smile in an efficient and effective manner that can last for years. While porcelain veneers are becoming one of the most common methods of smile restoration, most people do not fully understand the benefits of porcelain veneers.
If you are experiencing one of the signs listed in this article, then it may be time to invest in your smile.
Is Your Teeth’s the Enamel Eroded?
Enamel acts as a protective layer, reducing contact between food and bacteria while preventing residue and plaque from infecting the tooth pulp. Over time, enamel can wear down naturally, but certain habits can erode the enamel drastically.
Many foods and drinks contain acidic properties, which quickly erode tooth enamel. Fruit juice, wine, tomatoes and tomato sauces, and anything containing caffeine erodes the enamel. Smoking, using tobacco products, and even certain medications can erode the protective coating on your teeth.
Without this protective layer of enamel, your teeth have a higher risk of staining, cavities, infections, and tooth loss. In addition, worn enamel can cause your teeth to be more sensitive. If eating and drinking a cold or hot beverage is uncomfortable, then the sensitivity may stem from worn enamel.
Also, consider veneers if you have one or more chipped teeth that need to be covered with veneers. Veneers can cover these small chips from basic wear and tear or injury without removing or replacing the remaining part of the tooth.
Are Your Teeth Discolored or Stained?
While your dentist offers teeth-whitening treatments, which are capable of removing yellowing and stains from the teeth, if your teeth are constantly discolored and treatments are not effective, then veneers may be right for you.
Of course, it is important to learn what is causing your tooth discoloration to prevent the staining of your veneers. Heavy consumption of wine, soda, tea, coffee, and juice or the use of tobacco products can stain your teeth quickly. If you continue drinking these beverages and using tobacco products excessively while wearing veneers, then the porcelain will also be at risk of staining.
If you have recently decreased or quit these habits, then porcelain veneers can turn your discolored teeth into a white, bright, and appealing smile that you will want to show off.
Do You Have Gaps Between Your Teeth?
Gaps between teeth can be caused by a variety of issues. For example, when teeth are too small for your jaw, the surrounding teeth may spread out resulting in a gap. Or, if you sucked your thumb or used a pacifier an extended period of time as a child, then you may also have a gap in between your teeth.
Gum disease that leads to the loss of one or more teeth can also cause you to have a gapped smile. Rubber bands, implants, and orthodontic procedures are typically used to close the gaps in smiles, but veneers are another option to consider.
Porcelain veneers are helpful whether you have a gap between your teeth, discolored or stained teeth, or eroded enamel. In addition, you can consider porcelain veneers if you have chipped teeth that need to be covered with veneers. Veneers can cover these small chips from basic wear and tear or injury without removing or replacing the remaining part of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers are a smart investment in your oral health, appearance, and self-esteem. The experts at Pembroke Pines Dental will help you decide if veneers are the right solution for your needs. Give them a call today to set up an appointment.